Mon Jan 24 Europe PMIs show economic impact of omicron. | Tue Jan 25 IMF launches World Economic Outlook. | Wed Jan 26 SEC considers proposing rule amendments. FOMC rate decision and Fed chair news conference. | Thu Jan 27 U.S. GDP. More Covid restrictions to be lifted in England.
Superimmunity. Photo: Getty Images/iStockPhoto FORGET ABOUT herd immunity. The Omicron wave will leave most people with potent and durable protection against Covid. Covid-19 vaccines and prior infection don’t provide lasting protection against infection and transmission, especially with the Omicron variant. That makes it impossible for enough of the population to become immune to stop the virus from spreading. But don’t despair. Omicron will give much of the population what some scientists call “superimmunity” — stronger protection against new variants and even future coronaviruses. Normal life will be possible even as the virus continues to spread and mutate. Superimmunity won’t necessarily stop people from being infected or transmitting the virus. But most people who get infected, even with a more virulent variant, will experience mild or no symptoms. Herd immunity is over — Long live superimmunity — The Wall Street Journal (opinion)
Mon Jan 17 U.S. equity and bond markets closed for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. | Tue Jan 18 European Parliament picks new president. | Wed Jan 19 Americans can order free at-home Covid-19 tests. | Thu Jan 20 OECD-Asian corporate governance roundtable.
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