2020 Vision: The ‘Stranger Than Fiction’ ‘New Abnormal’ Year in Review. Part 1

The world is a very different place at the end of 2020 than it was at the start. Let’s take a look back and remind ourselves how events unfolded.

January

  • 1st: Millions of people across the world celebrate the coming of the New Year – and a new decade-with dancing, music and parties. Who’d have thought that in just a few weeks’ time social gatherings would be banned by the state?   
  • 2nd: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweets: ‘This is going to be a fantastic year for Britain. Spoiler Alert: He was telling porkies. 

Bill Gates proves to be more prescient. In a tweet of December 19th 2019 the US computer software multi-billionaire says: ‘I’m particularly excited about what the next year could mean for one of the best buys in global health: vaccines’.  

  • 3rd: Fears of a war with Iran escalate after a US drone strike kills Iranian General Qasem Solemani and others at Baghdad airport. The general is accused of being a ‘terrorist’; others point out he’d played a key role in the defeat of ISIS. 
  • 8th: Believing it was a hostile target, Iranian forces mistakenly shoot down a Ukrainian Airlines flight shortly after take-off from Tehran airport: all 176 people on board are killed. 
  • 24th: The same week that China goes public about what is called ‘the Wuhan Virus’, and the Chinese authorities impose a ‘lockdown’ in the city of Wuhan, the World Economic Forum is meeting in Davos, Switzerland. At a press conference in Davos, CEPI (The…

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