torsdag 5. august 2021

With the Delta variant spreading is China’s ‘zero tolerance’ Covid approach over?

As the highly transmissible Delta variant continues to spread across at least 17 provinces, China is facing a new dilemma: is its once-successful “zero tolerance” approach to containing the spread of the virus over, and what comes next? Unlike Britain and Singapore, where officials have explicitly encouraged people to “learn to live with the virus”, China has yet to officially shift its messaging.

But experts are asking what next for the country’s strategy, now that it’s clear the virus is not going away any time soon. Last week, the Chinese virologist Zhang Wenhong – widely known as “China’s Dr Fauci” – wrote in an essay about the need for the “wisdom” of long-term coexistence with the virus.