The Debate

All over soon? New Covid-19 strains raise uncertainty


With vaccines comes the promise of light at the end of tunnel. That said, it is always safer to manage expectations.  As the UK returns to its strictest lockdown since the spring, as Germany and France extend confinement measures, the whole world is watching new strains of Covid-19 out of England and South Africa. Will vaccines be enough? Do new variants mean that humanity has to learn to live with coronaviruses? What future for infectious diseases in a globalised world? 


On that score, the pandemic may have relegated to the back burner concern over climate change and our disruption of natural habitats. But  if it is indeed animals who transmit disease, is it now time to connect the dots and rethink spending priorities: what if it is more scientists and forest rangers we need, not soldiers and border guards?

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Léopoldine Iribarren.

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