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Millions of lives have been lost, and there has been disruption to daily life on a scale unseen in peacetime thanks to COVID-19. But, speaking before the identification of the new Omicon variant, Dominic Wilkinson, professor of medical ethics, explained in a matter-of-fact way that the pandemic has not been as devastating as experts feared.

Although he would no doubt dispute the word ‘enjoy’, Professor Wilkinson, clearly relishes philosophical debate. © Shutterstock