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Pandemic after the Fifth Wave, a comparison of Socialistic and Libertarian Model

Zuesse coined the term “Socialistic approach” for Denmark and countries like China and South Korea, and the term “Libertarian approach” for Sweden and countries like United Kingdom (Zeusse, 2020). The merits of these two models were too early to tell in 2020, as the Pandemic continued to challenge world governments wave after wave. The fifth wave was started by Omicron, and it seemed that the fatality rate has finally gone down. Countries are about to re-open its borders, crucial to maintain a globalized economy. This paper reviewed the health security preparations, health emergency responses and the health outcomes of 14 countries to evaluate the advantages of the two strategies, which can also be regarded as the Zero policy versus Herd Immunity. Economic effects of the two strategies and its variations were also discussed.