Well I'd be a bit cheesed off if I had donated these vaccines to a poor country only to find them destroyed.https://www.africanews.com/2021/12/22/nigeria-destroys-around-1m-expired-covid-vaccines/It doesn't say why they were not used in a timely manner...Chris.
It's depressing is an understatement.So we fail to eradicate polio, leprosy or make much inroads into malaria + dengue fever as it's someone else's problem. But even when it's likely in our own direct interest.. we still dither and play politics.
Viruses evolve to infect as many animals as possible. Ideally, they do them very little harm so they can come back next year and do it all over again. Killing their new best friends is inefficient.When they first encounter a new species, they're clumsy and tend to kill their new hosts (eg SARS, MERS, H5N1) but aren't very good at spreading. As they adapt, they attack different structures (eg airways rather than lung tissue), spread much more readily, cause less damage and give the organism time to fight back. I think this is where we are now with Omicron.
...Bottom line. I think Covid is likely to evolve into a nuisance rather than a disaster over the next year or two, though it may spring an occasional, unpleasant surprise. I'm aware that I have skipped over quite a few arguments - happy to expand if anyone wants. I only hope I'm right...
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