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Healthcare Systems & Services Insights


When will the COVID-19 pandemic end?

July 28, 2022 – Europe and the United States have entered the endemic stage of the COVID-19 outbreak: the virus is widespread, is significantly… less fatal than it was in 2020, and is spurring only limited changes in public behavior. These endemic conditions are likely to continue through the summer and autumn, unless and until immunity-evading new variants emerge. As immunity wanes, however, the next stage remains highly uncertain. In this update, we discuss the outlook, the current and potential future use of boosters and therapeutics, and the shifts in response strategies to the COVID-19 crisis around the world. We also introduce the McKinsey COVID-19 Immunity Index—a tool for understanding a community’s current level of risk from the disease.