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Will a COVID-19 vaccine save us from a permanent new normal? Show more Show less
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The Pfizer announcement has renewed hope that the new normal will soon be lifted. Meanwhile, Oxford University says its own vaccine might be ready before the end of the year. What will this mean for 2021? Can we go back to our lives before the pandemic, or are masks and social distancing here to stay?

A vaccine will allow us to go back to our normal lives Show more Show less

A COVID-19 vaccine will reduce the risks of contagion and lives will go back to a pre-pandemic normality. Social distancing will no longer be necessary and people will return to the office.
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There will be no more social distancing

A vaccine will allow us to return to our usual lives. Handshakes and hugs will once again become the norm.
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The Argument

The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has pledged to end social distancing by October 2021, as talks of a vaccine, and what comes after, are now becoming common[1]. When the vaccine has been safely administered widely across the population, we are likely to see a tendency towards returning to normality. People’s reluctance to give up going to restaurants, pubs and nightclubs until told to do so by the government shows how people want to return to their pre-pandemic routine. Social distancing will be in place for the near future. But as herd immunity is achieved through vaccination, we will see handshakes and hugs becoming commonplace once more.

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This is a slightly distant future. The earliest we can expect a vaccine is the end of the year. Experts predict it will take many months, possibly even a year, to distribute it to the population[2]. Furthermore, habits we have formed over the many months of lockdown and social distancing measures are unlikely to vanish overnight. We may see the results of months of social distancing for longer than we think.


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