It has been two years since the pandemic broke out in 2020
and almost a year of worldwide mass vaccination but still
the pandemic lingers on. With British restrictions eased a
year ago and travel and tourism returning to normal, there
comes the question of whether the pandemic is over or it is
due to individual health measures that the cases have fallen?
According to scientists, the issue with pandemics and
epidemics is that they do not always come to conclusions.
Scientific innovations like the ‘magic bullet treatment’ can
prove to be effective in such cases but it is still doubtful that
we will observe any such thing in near future.
From evidence of the previous pandemics, it can be stated
that the end is contentious, protracted, and lengthy. Societies
must deal not only with the harmful effects of the disease
and its treatments, but also with the political and economic
repercussions of taking emergency
measures, disagreements over
administrative power to declare the state
of the pandemic and questions about
how this process should be measured.
Because different groups have different
experiences with medical, political, and
social components of the pandemic, as
well as diverse perceptions of what an
ending may entail, there is a great deal
of doubt about the current condition of
the Covid-19 pandemic.
Research shows that more factors than
just disease rates are involved in the
medical end of an epidemic. Instead, the
conclusion also includes the cessation
of the rules that will result in political
conclusion and the restoration of normalcy owing to a social
end of the crisis. Analysis of a variety of post-pandemic
research shows that these conclusions are connected,
yet they are distinct from one another and may conflict.
Moreover, it is more accurate to predict numerous epidemic
endings, taking these various endpoints into consideration.
The end to the pandemic cannot be declared until it is an
end everywhere. Despite acknowledging that there has been
progress and that 60% of the world’s population is now
immunised, data collected from across the world reveals that
almost a billion people in lower-income countries still do not
have access to vaccinations. Only 57 nations, practically all
of which have high incomes, have immunised 70% of their
people. There are still operational and financial capacity
shortages in some nations and there is still insufficient
political commitment to the rollout of
vaccination drives. Overall, we observe
vaccine scepticism that is motivated by
false and misleading information.
Divergent views exist over how to
respond to Covid-19 illness rates,
including when to loosen public health
restrictions and when to keep them in
place. Discussions about who should
decide what degree of infection is
acceptable is also a matter of concern. As
a result, the last stage of the process will
involve negotiations and competition
between various forms of authority
that would include fundamental social,
economic, and political concerns in
addition to medical information.