Zero-COVID policies reemerge, with cruel inherent biases

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The omicron variant has revived nations’ consideration of “zero-COVID” policies and travel bans—public health measures, that outside of China, had been largely abandoned for their futility.

Trying to halt the COVID-19 at national borders is not only impractical, but also a divisive strategy that disproportionately burdens vulnerable populations, according to a paper published Nov. 28 in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

“A more equitable approach is for governments to ramp up testing, surveillance, vaccine sharing and last-mile efforts to…

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