May 28, 2022 - World

3. Davos ignores the pandemic

Illustration of a covid particle under a pattern if international currency shaped like concentric circles and a no-sign over the particle.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

"We don't have to worry about the f---ing monkeypox, do we?"
— Al Gore, overheard in the Davos conference center

At the first annual meeting since the pandemic brought the global economy to its knees, COVID-19 was largely ignored as a clear and present risk to the assembled delegates and hangers-on.

  • Delegates trusted that their mRNA boosters and the testing protocols would protect them, along with modern therapeutics, should they end up catching the virus.
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