The Summer Olympic Games, the Eurovision Song Contest, the European Football Championship and other events - in 2021 we will make up for everything that the coronavirus did not allow us to enjoy in the outgoing 2020. The thing is that by mid-February, almost all countries of the world were seized by the Covid-19 pandemic. To fight the virus, one government after another introduced a hard lockdown, and the borders were closed. Inside many countries, only grocery stores and pharmacies operated; not every state allowed its citizens to go for a walk freely, let alone hold an international competition or summit. By the end of the year, the situation has changed somewhat, some countries have opened their borders, some have announced a lockdown again, but the coronavirus vaccine is being tested, and humanity has a new hope.
Vaccination against coronavirus
The reality states that the most anticipated event of 2021 was the mass vaccination against the coronavirus. The pandemic that swept the world in 2020 forced scientists to work without a break to create a vaccine, and it paid off. To date, there are about 255 vaccine projects, but the most promising so far is the vaccine developed by the German pharmaceutical company BioNTech and its American partner Pfizer. The vaccine has already begun to be used in the USA and Canada, Great Britain, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Mexico. The medical workers were the first to receive coronavirus vaccinations. According to research results, the effectiveness of the drug reaches 95%. In Ukraine, vaccination is planned to start in February 2021. The vaccination will be voluntary and will take place in several stages. First of all, doctors will receive the vaccine, then military personnel in the JFO zone. The second stages of the vaccine will be received by law enforcement officers, the military, the elderly and people at risk. It will also be possible to obtain the vaccine commercially.
Summer Olympic Games 2020
The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8, 2021. The games were supposed to take place in the summer of 2020, but the International Olympic Committee postponed them due to the coronavirus pandemic. The organizers kept the prefix "2020" in the name of the Olympic Games for marketing purposes. The Summer Olympics 2020 was the first Olympic Games to be postponed rather than canceled due to extraordinary circumstances. The official mascots of the Summer Olympics remain Japanese anime-style figures with blue and pink checkered patterns.
The coronavirus pandemic also made adjustments to the 93rd Academy Awards. The American Film Academy has moved the ceremony from February 28, 2021 to April 25. The Oscars' short list will be announced on February 9, and the nominees will be announced on March 15, 2021. If the distance requirement is not canceled by April 2021, the 93rd ceremony will be held online. But there are still chances to see the stars on the red carpet, albeit with the observance of the social distance between the guests and in protective masks.
Eurovision 2020, which was supposed to be held in the Netherlands, was canceled for the first time in the history of the competition, the reason is the coronavirus pandemic. But the organizers assure that the show in 2021 will definitely take place, and have already announced the possible options for its holding. The 65th contest will take place in Rotterdam from 18 to 22 May. If there is a vaccine or reliable testing closer to the date of the Eurovision Song Contest, the competition will be held according to the standard scenario and without restrictions. A variant of a socially distanced Eurovision Song Contest is possible. In this case, the number of spectators and participants of national delegations will be reduced. Another scenario for the possible holding of the show retains all previous restrictions and adds a ban on entry to the Netherlands or exit from a Eurovision participant country due to the coronavirus. In this case, the competitive performances of the participants will be held from the territory of their countries. The most pessimistic version of the competition assumes that all participants in the competition will perform their songs from home, they will be broadcast live and mixed into a single concert.
European Football Championship
Due to the pandemic, the European Football Championship 2020 was also postponed to 2021. It is planned that it will be held from June 11 to July 11, 2021. On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the championship Euro 2020 was planned to be held in 12 cities of different countries. Whether such a scheme will remain in 2021 is not yet completely clear, perhaps the number of cities will be reduced, or the Euro will take place entirely to one country. The question of the presence of fans in the stadiums during the match also remains open. The final point in the fate of the tournament will be put by the situation with Covid-19 closer to the dates of the tournament.
Joe Biden's inauguration
The inauguration ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden will take place on January 20, 2021. Some details of the ceremony are already known, it is almost entirely based on the observance of "health and safety" protocols. Due to the coronavirus, the geography of the event will be limited. Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in at the Capitol, followed by Biden's inaugural speech. At the same time, "the concept of the traditional parade will be revised." As a rule, about 200 thousand people are present at the ceremony, but this time their number will be limited to members of Congress in person and one of their guests. Americans have already been asked to participate in inauguration events from home to protect their health and that of their families. It is still unknown whether President Donald Trump will attend the inauguration.
The G7 summit is due to be held in the UK in the summer of 2021. There is no exact date for the meeting yet due to the pandemic. The format also remains unclear - the summit will be held via videoconference or it will be held face to face. What is known at the moment is that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the organizer of the G-7 in 2021, invited India, South Korea and Australia to participate in the summit, thereby creating an alliance of democracies D-10. Similar ideas were expressed by US President Donald Trump, but he never held the meeting scheduled for 2020 due to Covid-19.
The annual G20 summit will be held in Rome on October 30-31.
Eastern Partnership Summit
The meeting of the EU countries and the countries participating in the Eastern Partnership leaders will be held in Brussels in March 2021. In 2020, the meeting was held online due to the coronavirus pandemic. At the virtual meeting, it was decided that in 2021 at the summit of the leaders of 27 EU states and six post-Soviet republics (Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Belarus, Azerbaijan and Armenia) a new set of tasks for the countries participating in the EU Eastern Partnership program will be approved.
Over time, it becomes more and more obvious - Covid-19 has made its own adjustments and the world will never be the same. The era of carefree large-scale parties and wide international meetings is a thing of the past. Now any event with the participation of more than 10 people will be held with an eye to the epidemiological situation, the presence of immunity and social distance. This is neither good nor bad, this is a new reality.