Article Title: A Note on the COVID-19 Pandemic Evolution Debate: What is Next?
Author: Matteo Maria Cati*
Published Date: February 16, 2023
The recent surge in COVID-19 cases and the reopening of borders in China has brought the debate on the evolution of the pandemic back to the forefront. Should we expect a new variant of concern (VOC), other than Omicron, to appear unexpectedly and spread worldwide? What should be done to prevent this occurrence? This note addresses these questions, highlighting the zoonotic and zooanthroponotic nature of the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the need for continuous surveillance of the global ecosystem, which remains affected by inequalities in vaccine distribution between the North and South countries.