Except that it may last for years because it works for Bro Xi:
Yet so far Xi is unmoved. In fact, he’s doubling down.
In a recent address from Wuhan heavy with symbolism, Xi repudiated the West’s embrace of “herd immunity,” saying the consequences of lying flat against the virus would be unimaginable for China.
“Even if there are some temporary impacts on the economy, we will not put people's lives and health in harm's way,” he said in June in the city where Covid first emerged. “The epidemic response measures,” he added, “are correct and effective, and must be upheld unwaveringly.”
Coming after China reduced the number of days travelers need to spend in quarantine, the comments jolted financial markets. Reinforced a month later by the Politburo, the Communist Party’s top leadership, the unequivocal commitment to Covid Zero has led to a reassessment for some who expected the country to reopen once Xi secured a third term at the once-in-five-year Party congress due to be held later in 2022.
Covid Zero will remain in place for at least another year because it’s now inextricably tied to Xi, said Joerg Wittke, president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, during a July 20 webinar sponsored by the Peterson Institute.
“My guess is China can at the earliest open up late 2023,” he said. Officials “are in a deep hole and they keep digging.”
“It appears to us that any change in the zero-Covid policy will only happen when authorities are convinced that mutations are less virulent and vaccines and medicines are proven to be more effective,” they wrote. “Both are unlikely to happen in the near term.”