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6 Oct 2021

China’s Zero-Covid Policy May Be Unsustainable in Long Run

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Most countries during the pandemic focused on covid-zero strategies to keep the infection at bay and become a virus-free haven. However, in recent months, the growing number of covid infections of the Delta variant are pushing countries to realize it may not be an effective strategy.

Prolonged border shutdowns, public lockdowns and disruption of general activity have negatively impacted the economic growth of countries all over. Singapore, Australia and other nations are proving this approach is not viable or sustainable in the long run. Therefore, vaccination is becoming a route to reducing the rate of infections and protecting the general public’s health.

However, China is struggling with its fourth delta-variant wave which has increased infections in just two months. Its policy to eliminate the virus once and for all through lockdowns and isolation has not proven effective. The zero-covid strategy will become even harder to implement as Beijing is expected to host the upcoming Winter Olympics which will receive athletes from all corners of the globe.

Peter Collignon, a disease expert and professor at the Australian National University Medical School said on the matter, “Covid zero in the medium to long term is unsustainable. Delta shows the almost impossibility of that. It’s hard to see how China will be able to get to zero Covid this winter.”

China seems adamant on continuing its policy for containing the virus, turning it into a political point of pride and status whereas other countries are quickly realizing the ineffectiveness and moving towards treating the virus instead of eliminating it.

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