Better domestic surveillance, not closing borders, is key to containing coronavirus spread
- Closing borders will not stop new or future variants from finding their way in but it will stall fragile recoveries and add to economic and social distress
- Instead, governments should ramp up domestic protocols ahead of the roll-out of mass vaccination campaigns
Jayant Menon, PhD, is a visiting senior fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, following his early retirement from the Asian Development Bank, where he was lead economist in the Office of the Chief Economist. He holds adjunct appointments with the Australian National University, University of Nottingham and IDEAS, Malaysia.