The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated health-care systems, shut down schools and communities, and plunged the world into an economic recession. While 2020 was a challenging year, 2021 looks to be difficult with the emergence of multiple variants of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The race to vaccinate the world will need to respond to the pathogen's constant evolution to evade immunity. What marks the path to the end of this pandemic?
Read the full comment in The Lancet - published on February 11, 2021
SARS-CoV-2 variants and ending the COVID-19 pandemic, The Lancet, February 11, 2021
Arnaud Fontanet1, Brigitte Autran2, Bruno Lina3, Marie Paule Kieny4, Salim S Abdool Karim5, Devi Sridhar6
1Institut Pasteur, Emerging Diseases Epidemiology Unit, Paris, France ; Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, PACRI Unit, Paris, France
2Sorbonne-université, 75005 Paris, France; UMR-S Inserm/UPMC 1135), CIMI-Paris (centre de recherches immunité maladies infectieuses), Paris, France
3CNR des virus des infections respiratoires, institut des agents infectieux, Hospices Civils de Lyon; and Virpath, centre International de recherche en infectiologie (CIRI), université de Lyon, Inserm U1111, CNRS UMR5308, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, UCBL, Lyon, France
4Inserm, Paris, France.
5Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), Durban, South Africa; and the Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York
6Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, Edinburgh Medical School, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK