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The Observer view on a second Covid Christmas | Observer editorial

Boris Johnson’s authority is fading fast just as the Omicron variant demands action and leadership

The hope was always that Christmas 2021 would have a lighter, more joyous feel than a year ago. Not clear of the pandemic, but coping with it much better, with the vast majority of the population benefiting from the immunity conferred by vaccination. But the extraordinarily rapid spread of the Omicron variant has imbued this year’s festive season with a gloomy sense of deja vu.

The situation facing us now is materially different. A year ago, just a sliver of the population had received their first vaccination and social restrictions were the only way to hold off an impending second wave of Covid. Today, we have a much stronger wall of immunity as a result of vaccination and prior infection.

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