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Opinion: "How Might COVID-19 Change the World?"

MarketWatch and China News Weekly published a commentary by Jared Diamond, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of environmental health sciences and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, about how the pandemic may change human society

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Today, COVID-19 is devastating the world. It’s in the process of infecting many (perhaps even most) of us, killing some, shutting down our normal social relations, halting most international travel, and clobbering our economies and trade.

What will the world be like a few years from now, after this acute crisis has waned?

There’s a widespread assumption that vaccines will soon protect us against COVID-19. Alas, that prospect remains very uncertain Scientists in many countries—China, the United States, Russia, Britain, and others—have been racing to develop effective COVID-19 vaccines, and the first are just starting to become available. That suggests a worst-case scenario, a best-case scenario, and everything in between.

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