A global end to the covid-19 pandemic by 2021 seems unlikely, if not impossible. To avoid the lockdown cycles of last year and this year, the spread of the virus must be slowed down as soon as possible and we must opt for sustainable recovery. The European strategy needs to shift the focus from long-term and national lockdowns - due to the high number of non-traceable infections and high mortality rates - to bringing the virus under control.
The No-COVID Strategy aims at a safe and sustainable re-opening of societies and economies.
It suggests pursuing the No-COVID goal, and, once this goal has been reached, applying the Green Zone Strategy to protect it. Several countries have successfully implemented this approach, thereby making it possible for their populations to return to a nearly normal life. For the Federal Republic of Germany and other European countries, too, this path is feasible and desirable — in terms of health, economy, and society.