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There was a point in mid-November when it seemed possible that we had almost won the battle against Covid. New vaccines were popping up and the second wave seemed to lack the virulence of the first. Even if it wasn’t going to be “all over by Christmas”, it looked as if early in the New Year restrictions would be lifted and we would soon be getting back to normal.
The rapid spread of a new virus variant slammed the brakes on all that. But the UK’s vaccination programme is going well. Well enough, perhaps, to start seriously considering the question – when “normality” eventually re-emerges, how different will life be?