One year after an epidemiologist, a preparedness expert, and an infectious disease journalist presciently warned about the disruptions to come from the then-burgeoning Covid-19 pandemic, the same group cautioned on Friday that, despite recent vaccination successes, the world is not yet through the crisis, and it should prepare now for the twists the coronavirus could throw our way in the coming months.
“What is the end goal here?” said the epidemiologist, Michael Mina of Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “Is it to get to zero? Is it to stop hospitalizations and deaths? To just get them to an OK number? I don’t think society has agreed yet on what the goal is. But the one very clear thing is this isn’t done.”