Members of the public disembark a train at King Cross Station in London, on the day that extra measures are put in place to fight the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. Since Nov. 30, it's been mandatory for people in England to wear face coverings in shops and on public transport. (Ben Cawthra/Sipa USA/Sipa via AP Images)

Omi­cron is a test for the next pan­dem­ic. Will the world keep mak­ing the same mis­takes?

Like hun­dreds of oth­er vi­rol­o­gists and epi­demi­ol­o­gists, Ben­jamin tenO­ev­er’s Thanks­giv­ing week­end was in­ter­rupt­ed with emails about an emer­gency Omi­cron meet­ing.

But when he logged on­to …

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