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Proposal for Longterm COVID-19 Control: Universal Vaccination, Prophylactic Drugs, Rigorous Mitigation, and International Cooperation   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "Four successive waves of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] have buffeted the United States for the past year and a half. With each wave, we have bet on different measures to push us through: First, public health measures, then drugs and treatments, and now, with our fifth wave, we hold out hope for vaccine-led recovery. But from the outset, we have underestimated this virus and its ability to maneuver the public health battleground; it is escaping the best defenses we are able to muster and finding new avenues of attack. In this paper, I propose a multimodal strategy for long-term COVID control, one that sets up multiple barriers of protection so that we are able to not only contain SARS-CoV-2 [severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2] and eliminate COVID-19 as a major life-threatening disease, but also return to a new social and economic life. The strategy uses the best of what we have on hand today--a rapidly growing arsenal of vaccines and antiviral drugs and public health measures-- with an eye towards future improvements and developments."

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Brookings Institution Global Working Paper No. 160
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2021-08
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