Lawrence Wong: Pandemic could last for up to 5 years
The education minister of Singapore said – It may take four to five years before the COVID-19 pandemic ends and the world can look to a “post-COVID normal.”
In a 30-minute speech on the final day of the four-day conference, the minister highlighted how there are still many uncertainties to face in the next few years, while sharing hopes about how the future can be “reset” once the pandemic is over.
He also mentioned that the current vaccines may not be so effective against new strains of the virus, and will have to be modified accordingly to counter them. In the worst case scenario, the world always remains one step behind an evolving virus, he added.
History contains multiple examples of cities that bounced back after pandemics, he stated. For example, Chicago and New York saw a rise in 1920’s after the Flu Pandemic that wrecked the US.