Why has the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the new, heavily-mutated coronavirus variant Omicron a “variant of concern?” How is it that the next-in-line letters of the Greek alphabet, Nu and Xi, were skipped in the naming of this strain?
Observing the different responses around the world to Omicron triggers recollection of the “early days” of coronavirus. Has the world learned from those early mistakes (and the misplaced trust) that potentially cost millions of lives?
This new, possibly more infectious strain arrives at a time of already heavy global tension. The questions of whether tennis star Peng Shuai is really safe and how likely (and imminent) a CCP-invasion of Taiwan is remain as burning as ever.