“Combined with the zero-Covid strategy, the paradoxical result of this ineffective vaccination effort has been to make the Chinese population more vulnerable to Covid-19 than almost any other population on earth,” Foreign Affairs reports.
“A rough estimate of clinical data, for example, suggests that no more than a small fraction of one percent of the Chinese population has acquired natural immunity through a prior infection.”
“Such a large ‘virgin’ population in China means the Omicron variant could potentially multiply and spread unhindered. Unless China abandons the zero-Covid mentality, it may have to adopt ever more draconian social controls until the virus completely disappears or face an Omicron tsunami of almost unimaginable proportions.”
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