India, Nov. 30 -- Eventually, an endemic COVID-19 will add to the world's burden of diseases

As COVID-19, the most widespread pandemic to have hit the planet, enters its fourth year, there is hope that we are nearing the end of this public health threat.

So far, we had deployed the Orwellian dictum of "ignorance is strength" to manufacture a delusional end to the outbreak. "The Mahabharata war was won in 18 days. The war that the whole country is now fighting against corona will take 21 days," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on March 25, 2020, a day after declaring the world's most stringent national lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Then in September 2022, US President Joe Biden declared, "The pandemic is over." In between th...