Living through a pandemic
Coronavirus in 2020
Updated on 23 November 2020
The Oxford University/AstraZeneca “vaccine for the World” claimed 90% efficacy today – depending on how you take it. The ability to store at normal fridge temperature, and the fact it that during the current pandemic it will sell for a non-profit making sub-£3 a dose, compared to £15 to £28 for the fussy German/American efforts that require storage temperatures of minus 20 to 80 degrees Celsius.
This makes the initial two vaccines fine for rich western economics but out of reach for the majority of the World. Even India, with the sixth largest economy in the World, find Moderna and Pzifer vaccines totally impractical.
With other vaccines just months away from approval 2021 should be a year of recovery for business and the economy, and people’s health and welfare, With France and Russia having now made it 5 countries with over two million cases and the UK becoming the first European country to exceed 50,000 deaths, the vaccines have never been needed more.
In the meantime, Russian scientists refuse to take their very own breakthrough Sputnik V vaccine claiming it is completely untested despite their president’s claim it has been fully tested.
The benefits of the vaccines will hopefully lead to a massive return to work, but don’t hold your breath. The banking and finance sector companies said they were offering choice and flexibility to those who wanted to return. Facebook has said it does not plan a return of employees until July 2021.
A survey of 8,000 adults from eight countries found that UK and US workers showed the highest level of apathy towards going back to the office.
The World has undergone critical changes in the ways businesses operate over the last five months. Some say this evolution would have taken place anyway, coronavirus just speeded things up. With vastly improved communication systems coming over the next couple of years the most talented staff will be tempted into the positions that mean working one day in the office every week, or even every month. This will quickly filter down to becoming the new normal for all office staff.
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Many companies see this as a major restructuring opportunity to turn their backs on the huge costs associated with running an office in the financial centre of Europe, and are looking at turning around the ways their businesses operate.
There will always be organisations that need hundreds of thousands of square feet in London and in all major cities, but many more that can operate more profitably with a much smaller presence.
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