International travel back to normal soon! TDC’s TEFL China 2021 open!!!
Right now, the confidence grows that the pandemic might end soon and we can get back to re-start normalcy to some point. Several vaccines from different companies and countries are being close to public roll-out.
Normalcy for us, at TeachDiscoverChina, means we have re-started our TEFL China 2021. During some lock-downs here in China, we have been busy to grow our school connections, and now we can offer better paid, better school placements and better packages than before. Very exciting indeed! Check us out, get in touch and find your best ever English teaching placement in China. Seriously, it’s amazing what you can do once you set your foot into China. Possibilities abound!
International travel back soon
Okay, back to the headline: According to Chinese infectious disease experts, Cross-border global travel could return to normal as early as spring 2022 once the Covid-19 pandemic is contained. Especially when most countries have roll-out vaccinations. And in general, Chinese disease experts are rather cautious, so when they are so optimistic as spring 2022, we probably see openings way earlier!
According to Zhang Wenhong, director of the infectious diseases department at the Shanghai Huashan Hospital: Until more than 60% of the population is vaccinated, China should maintain its current disease-control strategy. Keeping new cases at a “dynamic zero” pace by adopting rapid mass testing and precision management.
The pandemic has so far infected more than 52 million people and killed nearly 1.3 million worldwide, unfortunately this is still rising at the moment.
In order to significantly reduce the death rate of the pandemic, the most vulnerable groups of people should have top priority for vaccination, Zhang said.
“It is hardly possible to protect the whole country without high vaccination rates,” he said.
Global vaccine development
Pfizer and partner BioNTech said their vaccine was more than 90% effective based on clinical trial data. Another vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca, shows equally, if not better results. China’s own vaccine shows also very optimistic results. Also the Russian developed ‘Sputnik covid vaccine, shows efficiency up to 95%. So, either way or country, we can see a clear path that a roll-out of a global vaccination, will cover a wide population.
But more caution from the Chinese expert Zhang: “We have to wait for the world in the balance, since to defeat Covid-19 has never been a personal thing but needs global cooperation.” “It is also unlikely the virus will be quickly eliminated, which in reality will take one to two years.”
Zhang further emphasized that, “in the near future of one to two years, China still has to stick with the already-formed strategy,” he said. That includes “responding in a timely way once infections are discovered and rapidly tracking cases until ultimately curbing the spread.”
“China and some European countries take different strategies,” Zhang said. “In Britain and France, they tighten controls when the situation worsens but loosen restrictions when it turns better for economic considerations.”
“People’s lives go on,” he said. “No need to overreact and make a fuss about it, as long as we keep good hygiene habits. This is what I regard as a new normal, with health-care workers’ guards up, with other people practicing good hygiene.”
Zhang said he has confidence in curbing the pandemic in the future and holds positive prospects for the world.
“On the flip side, the pandemic has prompted us to invest more in public health, equipping us with more experience in fighting infectious diseases,” Zhang said.
As I mentioned in the beginning, experts, especially Chinese disease experts offer by trade and for good reason, cautious advice. In our opinion, clearly led by a good measure of wishful thinking and hope. We are optimistic to resume more English teacher placements in 2021 already. Get ready for TEFL China 2021!