From Alpha to Delta – how Britain won and then lost the fight against coronavirus

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After months of being ravaged by the Alpha variant (B.1.1.7) in 2020, Britain seemed to turn a corner in its fight with the coronavirus in early 2021. After a gruelling lockdown, the Alpha variant was fading fast, and, by the middle of May 2021, Britain was within touching distance of Zero Covid. Then, through lax border controls, Delta was allowed to enter the country, and the infection cycle restarted.

Will Britain make the same mistake with the *next* variant of concern? With borders opening and “Freedom Day” on the horizon, it’s a racing certainty.

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** This post was originally published on July 1, 2021 **