Do New Delta-based Clusters in China Herald Pivot from Zero-Tolerance to Mass Vaccination?

Do New China-based Delta-based Clusters in China Herald Pivot from Zero-Tolerance to Mass Vaccination?

Did China’s expensive “zero-tolerance” COVID-19 policy encounter a more formidable delta variant? Even though the geopolitical event that is COVID-19 ostensibly started in Wuhan, the world’s most populous nation and second-largest economy managed to avoid the entire pandemic. While America’s death toll closes in on 680,000, China records under 5,000—almost all occurring during the first month or two of the outbreak. But how could this be? Through a combination of technology-enabled contact tracing, ubiquitous and continual testing, and monitoring via ever-present and all-knowing apps, on-demand lockdowns at the municipal level, and tight border control nationally, the Communist Party (CP) evaded much public health damage. China seemingly has used authoritarian government, privacy piercing apps, and big data repositories in directing local governing elements to engineer a COVID-free bubble, where life goes on. This zero-tolerance policy leads to a growing economic burden on the municipalities that must conduct public health surveillance, on-demand lockdowns, and forced quarantines. Moreover, consumer mobility coupled with growing demand for goods and services, key for tha...

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