It's time for On-Point, where we speak to experts to delve deeper into some of the key issues in the spotlight right now. The world is seeing a rise in virus cases due to new Omicron variants surfacing.
Also, with a warning of another massive resurgence in the fall and winter, will we be ready? To find out, we connect with Ben Cowling, Chair Professor of Epidemiology at University of Hong Kong joining us this morning. Good morning.
With the new Omicron subvariants, we understand some countries are seeing a rise in daily cases once again. Which countries are seeing the biggest increases, and how concerning is it?
I know you talked about companies having to quickly develop new vaccines that better cater to new subvariants moving forward. How far along are they? When can we start seeing new vaccines?
The White House said earlier that the U.S. could see 100 million infections in fall and winter. How likely is this, and how will this impact the world's push to transition into an endemic phase?
I guess, the other big question that's been raised by many is, can we really make COVID-19 endemic, especially with subvariants and variants surfacing faster than new vaccines can be developed. What's your stance on this?
It's been more than two years since the pandemic started. Which countries would you say did the best in terms of quarantine measures, and which measures can be taken and implemented for the next resurgence?
Thank you Professor Cowling for your insights. We'll speak to you again next week.