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India’s best shot at dealing with coronavirus: Anders Tegnell’s (Swedish) approach

India’s best shot at dealing with coronavirus: Anders Tegnell’s (Swedish) approach

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Our party wants the best plan for India, a plan that can deal with the worst eventuality. We don’t want plans that are based on day dreams. Therefore, over the past month I have repeatedly recommended a staggered herd immunity approach, based on scientific and economic analysis. The first worst-case eventuality we need to address is this: that a vaccine is not discovered or discovered after many years. (If it is found earlier, we can rapidly change plans). Why should we be so pessimistic about the prospect of a vaccine? Some basic facts can help. Four coronaviruses commonly infect humans: OC43 and 229E (discovered in the 1990s) and HKU1 and NL63 (discovered a decade ago). These are part of a group of 200 odd (and distinct) viruses that cause the “common cold” for which, as we all know, there is no vaccine. In addition, two other coronaviruses can infect us: SARS and MERS. For these, as well, there is no vaccine despite scientists working on it for years. Instead, we know that…
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