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The Lancet – SARS-CoV-2 elimination, not mitigation, creates best outcomes for health, the economy, and civil liberties

Looking ahead, mass COVID-19 vaccination is key to returning to usual life, but relying solely on COVID-19 vaccines to control the pandemic is risky due to their uneven roll-out and uptake, time-limited immunity, and the emergence of new SARS-CoV-2 variants.
– History shows that vaccination alone can neither single-handedly nor rapidly control a virus and that a combination of public health measures are needed for containment.
– With the proliferation of new SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, many scientists are calling for a coordinated international strategy to eliminate SARS-CoV-2. [12], [13], [14], [15]

12 – Priesemann V Brinkmann MM Ciesek S et al.

Calling for pan-European commitment for rapid and sustained reduction in SARS-CoV-2 infections – Lancet. 2021; 397: 92-93

13 – Priesemann V Balling R Brinkman MM et al.

An action plan for pan-European defence against new SARS-CoV-2 variants – Lancet. 2021; 397: 469-470

14 – Oliu-Barton M Pradelski B Wolff GB et al.

Aiming for zero COVID-19: Europe needs to take action.
Date: 2021, Date accessed: April 26, 2021

15 – Fontanet A Autran B Lina B et al.

SARS-CoV-2 variants and ending the COVID-19 pandemic – Lancet. 2021; 397: 952-954