It is expected that 2022 will be marked by the Omicron Covid-19 strain, which “appeared” in the world just at the end of the year and smoothly passes with it into 2022.
"Omicron" and its influence on humans are still being studied at the moment. And yet it is already clear that it can affect not only the health of people. But also on the life of countries in general.
Bloomberg experts believe that it can significantly slow down the economic recovery. In particular, the forced return of antiquated restrictions, which is already partly taking place in the UK and other countries, will limit the growth rate of global GDP in 2022 to 4.2% versus 4.7%, according to the baseline forecast of Bloomberg Economics.
However, there are also positive forecasts. And they are from WHO.
The global pandemic is set to end next year, according to WHO officials.
“2022 should be the end of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking at the organization’s last scheduled coronavirus briefing in 2021.
He added that, in his opinion, the pandemic will end next year, because two years after the start of the situation "we know the virus very well and we have all the tools [to fight it]." And he emphasized that WHO projections show that the vaccine stocks should be sufficient to vaccinate the entire adult population of the world and to revaccinate high-risk groups by the first quarter of 2022.
Presidential elections will take place in Italy and France in 2022. At the same time, analysts are seriously considering the likelihood that representatives of the right-wing forces, dissatisfied with the policy of the European Union, will win the elections.
For example, in France, the current president, Emmanuel Macron, will have to contend with rivals with fairly radical right-wing views. We are talking, first of all, about Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour.
In addition, Macron faces a major challenge from the center-right Republicans, whose nominee Valerie Pécresse is the first woman to lead the Conservatives, the Guardian said.
Elections are also expected in Sweden, Hungary, Serbia, and Austria. The midterm elections to the US Congress will take place in November.
The whole world in 2022 is waiting for two major sports forums at once.
February 4–20 - XXIV Winter Olympic Games to be held in Beijing (China). And among other things, they will be held in an atmosphere of diplomatic boycott.
The boycott was started by the United States. The reason was the situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where, as the United States claims, massive repressions against the Uyghurs are being carried out and, in general, the situation with human rights violations. Beijing rejects all accusations against itself.
The UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan have joined the boycott.
November 21 - December 18 - FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The next world football forum will also be held under the sign of protests. In February 2021, The Guardian newspaper published an article stating that thousands of migrants have died in Qatar over the past decade. The publication shared stories of the deaths of workers, who, probably, did indeed become victims of inappropriate treatment by employers. In particular, at a construction site during the preparation of the country to receive the World Cup.
As a result, many players called for attention to the situation or even boycotting the championship. Football fans also joined the calls.
However, as of now, things have not come to a real boycott.
In space, according to the Guardian, the coming year will be intense in terms of research and the "arms race" between countries.
NASA prepares 18 separate missions by 2022 as it prepares to resume a manned flight to the moon. A new space station is planned - Gateway. Russia, South Korea, India and Japan will launch lunar spacecraft. The European Space Agency plans to send a mission to Mars. By the end of the year, China hopes to have a fully functional orbiting space station.