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ON-POINT: COVID-19 situation both abroad and in S. Korea
Updated: 2022-06-14 06:09:58 KST
It's time for On-Point, where we speak to experts to delve deeper into some of the key issues in the spotlight right now. While the global COVID-19 numbers are down, there are reports of reinfections in countries like the United States.
How concerning are these reinfections, and what are other COVID-19 issues still remain after over two years? We connect with Ben Cowling, Chair Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Hong Kong. Good morning.

First off, we want to talk about the reinfection cases that are being reported in countries like the U.S. How severe are reinfection cases, and is this something we all need to watch out for now?

Based on observations from the U.S. and Europe, the BA.4 and BA.5 variants could lead to a resurgence in other regions come summer. How's the Omicron variant situation looking globally?

There was the news of a new updated version of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, which produced an eightfold increase in antibody levels against the Omicron variant. Could this be another gamechanger, where we would just require a once-a-year booster to be protected from the virus?

South Korea has removed mandatory quarantine for unvaccinated travelers coming to the country. Does this raise concerns over the spread of the new variants, and are the rapid antigen tests effective enough to detect these variants?

What would you say is the key barometer for fully removing all COVID-19 measures like, quarantine for infected patients, and indoor mask mandates?

Thanks for your insights. Looking forward to speaking to you again.
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