Officials instead are pursuing what they call "Dynamic Zero,” an approach that emerged from China and aims to work toward no new infections while acknowledging some may still occur.
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Singapore had seemed like a poster child for pandemic management, but now it is looking like a real-time illustration of how challenging the pivot away from 'zero COVID-19' is going to be.
Nations have pivoted to vaccinations to protect people from serious illness and death while easing off on attempts to control the number of infections.
Without herd immunity, the virus could linger for decades in some form, possibly forcing the world’s most powerful nations to adjust their diverging strategies on opening up.
The tiny city-state that relies on being globally connected is eyeing the resumption of some international travel by September.
As richer nations open up, the worst health crisis in a generation continues to sweep the developing world, shuttering economies and dashing livelihoods.
The initially controversial strategy has now been vindicated by scientific studies, allowing supplies to be more widely distributed and boosting their protective power.
Some fear territories that prioritized safety early in the pandemic may be left behind by rivals with higher caseloads that have boosted vaccine uptake.
The coronavirus wave that plunged India into the world’s biggest health crisis has the potential to worsen.
The debate has been complicated by Modi’s move last year to impose a nationwide lockdown without warning, spurring a humanitarian crisis as migrant workers fled on foot to rural areas.