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The World Has the Tools to End the Coronavirus Pandemic

Here's what they are

The COVID-19 pandemic will not last forever.

It will likely continue to fizzle and fade as it heads towards its third year, resurging with new variants and then waning in the face of vaccines, mitigation measures and human behavior. But even if the virus is never stamped out, immunity will improve and the world will eventually be able to live with COVID.

On that, experts generally agree. "The large majority of infectious disease specialists think, and have thought for many months, that SARS-CoV-2 is here to stay," said Paul Hunter, professor in medicine at the University of East Anglia in the UK. "Our grandchildren's grandchildren will still be catching (the virus)," he said. But "COVID, the disease, will become part of our history as the infection morphs into just another cause of the common cold."

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