Coronapod: does England’s COVID strategy risk breeding deadly variants?

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Coronapod: does England’s COVID strategy risk breeding deadly variants?

Noah Baker and Philip Ball ask whether England is taking too much of a risk with its ‘freedom day’.

The UK government has announced that virtually all COVID restrictions will be removed in England on Monday 18th July. This will do away with social distancing requirements, allow businesses to re-open to full capacity and remove legal mask mandates. This decision comes, however, amidst soaring infections rates in the country, driven by the delta variant.

Now scientists are questioning the wisdom of this policy and asking whether the combination of high transmission and a partially vaccinated population could provide the perfect breeding ground for vaccine-resistant variants – a possibility which could have devastating global consequences.

News: Why England’s COVID ‘freedom day’ alarms researchers

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doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-021-01977-x

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