The government in #China
doesn’t seem to know exactly how to escape from the #ZeroCovid
corner it’s painted itself into. This will be a long, drawn-out, process of trial and error easing, restricting, easing, restricting.
The huge, renewed, vaccination drive which would be needed before opening #China
up hasn’t even started. Approving more effective international vaccines would help. Preparing medical facilities for a big influx of #Covid
patients would also have to happen.
Also the public messaging would need to change. An example: many people in #China
are completely unaware that a vaccinated person can just stay at home for a week after contracting #Covid19
Unfortunately the government has been a victim of its earlier pre-vaccine #Covid
success and seems to have drunk its own Kool-aid. It needed to spend less time telling Chinese people how lucky they’ve been to be protected by the Party and more time finding a way out of the crisis
And consider that, in January, #China
will be heading into its fourth year of the #Covid
crisis. It started here before everywhere else and it’s continuing here long after everywhere else has found a way to move forward.
Of course other countries have their own serious #Covid
health problems to deal with. I’m just talking about #China
where strict stay at home lockdowns on 100s of millions of people is crushing livelihoods, having mental health impacts and threatening social stability.
Public confidence in the Chinese government’s capacity to manage the #Covid
crisis is collapsing all over the country. Tibet and Xinjiang have been locked down for months. There are tensions in #Guangzhou
, in #Chongqing
and the upheaval at #Foxconn
is a taste of what could come.