The end of the pandemic may tear us apart

The ambiguous, waning phase of a pandemic calls for strong leadership in navigating the complexities of easing restrictions.

A demonstration called by French nationalist party Les Patriotes to protest against the country's Covid-19 vaccine pass, in Paris, on Jan 22, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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(NYTIMES) - For countries with high vaccination rates, 2022 may be the last year when strong measures are required against Covid-19. The end of the pandemic, however, will not come easily.

One might imagine that the end of the emergency would be joyfully welcomed. But conflicts over whether schools should remain open and the value of mask mandates reveal that just because the prognosis for Covid-19 has improved does not mean that public officials are absolved from the need to make hard choices about policy.

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