Disclaimer: This is entirely off my own head following a conversation with my father-in-law. There is no other research, evidence, or authority other than my own opinion and understanding of matters at time of writing.
Currently, most of the world is in the grip of the Covid – Omicron variant spreading like wildfire. Even Singapore, with one of the most well-controlled and compliant populations, coupled with one of the most efficient and organised public healthcare systems, has conceded it is only a matter of time before it spreads within the country and smashes all previous records in terms of daily infections.
Fortunately, the evidence seems to show that Omicron is not as deadly as Delta.
But it does presumably confer a degree of immunity to Covid in general.
As Gru in Despicable Me would say: LIGHT BULB!
IF (and a big “if” here obviously) Omicron turns out to be so mild, that the mortality and morbidity rate (read number of deaths and amount of harm) is comparable or even less than vaccination… then there we have it.
Effectively, God-given vaccination, all-natural, no nasties, no artificial flavours, even the most ardent anti-vaxxers can’t argue with that. And compliance and uptake figures? No problems. Spreading like wildfire. We can’t avoid it even if we wanted to.
And, as a medic friend commented, the only way we could have nailed Covid once the vaccines came out, was to have everyone vaccinated at the same time, rather than piecemeal across the world. Which possibly allows for resistant variants to arise.
If Omicron spreads across the world but turns out to be so mild, this could be the mass same-time vaccination that we failed to do the first time around.
Too much to hope for?
But it does challenge perceptions about vaccination on both sides. And maybe, just maybe, this could be the silver bullet we were all waiting for.