2020 has been marked by a global health crisis because of the coronavirus epidemic. In addition to the heavy human toll, this pandemic also leads to economic consequences because of lockdown and the closure of borders. Facemasks, barrier gestures, hand sanitizer, the world is trying to live with the epidemic, and more or less strict measures depending on countries. And yet, there is still one question without an answer: when will the pandemic end?
When announcing new measures, including curfew in health emergency areas, Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday October 14, 2020 the epidemic will last "until at least the summer of 2021". Estimation that matches WHO's statements.
So, what could accelerate the end of the health crisis? Generalizing tests, putting on quarantine, and sustaining barrier gestures are the main weapons. But what makes the world expect they are on the way out of the health crisis for good is vaccination.
The vaccination campaign was launched on December 27, 2020 in France. One month prior to summer, about a third of the French has been given the first dose of vaccines. But exiting the pandemic in the summer seems an unlikely estimation. This Wednesday May 19, 2021, on LCI, Health Minister Olivier Véran stated he hopes the country will be able to move on by November - December, taking into account the risk of the spreading of new variants.
As for the pandemic on a global scale, issuing an effective vaccine does not put an end to Covid-19 right away. Now, we must take into account production and distribution periods, as well as their application internationally. Until then, we must keep on complying with health guidelines.