Final Word from Monday, September 6, 2021

Operation Delta, as we dubbed it in June, is apparently winding down, ready to be replaced by a new phase of covid. Delta will be deemed a resounding success by central command. Well-orchestrated disinformation about how the variant's viral load is up to 1,260 times higher than the original coronavirus strain, and how delta is twice as contagious as previous variants, has had the desired effect of scaring people into getting vaccinated. Hardly anyone in the CR got sick from delta, which the operational units on the ground have attributed to the growing number of vaccinated people and to high initial infection levels. Yet even among unvaccinated people the viral load and contagion rate have been remarkably low. Nearly half the population isn't vaccinated, but only 109 people have died of covid in the CR since June 1. This couldn't have suited the government of Andrej Babiš more. Few deaths, a faster vaccination rollout. Next comes mu or delta+, just in time for Babiš+. [ Czech Republic covid-19 coronavirus delta plus ]

Glossary of difficult words

post-mortem - an analysis or discussion of an event held soon after it has occurred, esp. in order to determine why it was a success or failure;

to dub - to give an unofficial name or nickname to;

to deem - to regard or consider in a specified way;

resounding - unmistakable; emphatic;

to suit - to be convenient for or acceptable to;

rollout - the official launch or introduction of a new product or service.

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