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How the Covid pandemic ends: what comes after Omicron?

By Clive Cookson

31 Dec 2021 · 4 min read

As a weary world faces a third year of coronavirus, just as its spread is supercharged by the most infectious variant so far, there is optimism among many scientists that the pandemic’s toll on global health will ease in 2022.

Although Omicron threatens a crisis over the next few months, the most likely scenarios show a much improved outlook after that due to increasing immunity among the global population, through vaccination and natural infection, which is likely to make the consequences of the virus less severe.

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