When COVID-19 flared in the northern Chinese border region of Ejin late last year, it revealed a key impediment to the country charting an exit from its zero-tolerance pandemic strategy.
The health care system is so unprepared that any major shift away from “COVID zero” — which in China has meant frequent mass testing, swift quarantines, lockdowns and sealed international borders — risks a public health crisis.
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