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CSIS recomendations to Biden Administration based on: “The pandemic calls for a longer time horizon than anticipated… ” See, i told you so nga ih.
But inferrr, it was only last week when itys — when a blogpost here characterized OCTA member Fr. Austriaco’s “advice” as reckless, irresponsible, a dangerous statement (he said, “Omicron is a blessing” “Omicron is the beginning of the end of the pandemic” etc.) After the blogpost, all the experts from medical to mathematical from all sides of the aisle (or regardless of office and affiliation) also corrected Fr. Austriaco. Spontaneously multidisciplinary.
Excerpts of CSIS opinion from two days ago only embedded below in white text on dark background :
The pandemic calls for a longer time horizon than anticipated. That means acknowledging the uncertainty about the time it will take to gain control over SARS-CoV-2 and focusing beyond just the current phase to investing adequately against future threats. The Omicron shock may open the door to such a change in thinking. However, it will not be easy. Omicron’s apparent reduced severity may induce complacency that could in turn fuel further mass infection. Across the world today, there is widespread exhaustion. Health systems are frayed and at risk of breaking. Essential workforces are demoralized and depleted. Too many people are simply unwilling to accept vaccines, reinforced in their convictions by deep distrust, misinformation, and conspiracy theories.
The global response over the past two years has been conspicuously ineffectual and fragmented, a disarray dominated by nationalism and market forces and reflective of weakened alliances and multilateral institutions. Deep and enduring global inequities persist, manifest through disparities in access to vaccines, tests, and therapies, as well as in delivery capacity and financing. As the wealthiest and most powerful countries advance boosters and the vaccination of children, low- and middle-income countries face a 3 billion dose vaccine gap in 2022, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Any strategy for 2022 and beyond must directly address whether—and how—to avoid the historic mistakes that thus far have created such profound disparities.
Inequities create vulnerabilities for all, including Americans who are fully vaccinated and boosted and young children who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. They pose a threat to both U.S. national security and the American economy, since dangerous variants will continue to emerge in areas of uncontrolled transmission, particularly among the unvaccinated, and threaten to unravel gains in control of the virus everywhere. Trade, travel, and supply chains will fail to return to pre-pandemic levels. Inflation will not be arrested. The safety and health of us all will remain at risk.
CSIS recommendations to the Biden administration (siyempre, it prefaced it with “U.S. world leadership” , i removed that from the excerpts, and you know why) So, i’m just re-posting the graphics (graphics by CSIS)