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New year, same problems?

by Matthew Palabrica

With the dawn of a new year, the world comes together with a collective feeling of hope. Hope that the problems that plagued us last year will come to an end this year, and hope that this is the year we can finally return to our normal lives. However, are all those really possible? Let us look at what’s changed since the beginning of this pandemic. There are now a significant amount of vaccines being distributed, and a lot of countries have initiated mass inoculation programs in order to begin cancelling out the virus in their respective areas. However, this exists only in mostly rich countries. A lot of poor countries still haven’t gotten their supply of vaccines. A concrete global program to vaccinate billions will take more than one year to complete. In fact, the World Health Organization has stated that herd immunity will not be achieved by the year 2021. So, what does this mean for us? Does it mean more of the same? Well, realistically speaking, yes. For at least the first half of the year, we should expect things to remain the same. At least, until vaccinations are more accessible. But for now, we suggest you don’t get your hopes up too much. #talentedgiftedpros