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By Scott Newbert

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In the more than one year since Covid-19 shut down the global economy, we have seen how this pandemic has upended the way we all live and do business. And, the warnings of Bill Gates and others notwithstanding, most people seem to view Covid-19, and the associated economic shutdown it ushered in, as a largely unforeseen — and unforeseeable — event. As a consequence, virtually no business on earth had even remotely prepared for the breadth and magnitude of its impact.

With the rapid scaling up of vaccine distribution and delivery, there are signs that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Indeed, people these days are increasingly optimistic that life will go back to normal (or at least a new normal in which mask-wearing, distancing, and hand-washing are more common) and Covid-19 will be one of those things we look back on as nothing more than a bump in the road on the way to continued economic growth and prosperity.

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