It's always a bit sobering to see the variances in the response to and current position with the pandemic in different countries. The US is ending the mask mandate while thousands are infected each day in India. While on work meetings I keep hearing stories of colleagues based in our Indian offices who are either I'll in hospital or have sadly passed.
As I've mentioned before, I think it's a bit strange that all social distancing restrictions in England are due to be lifted on 21st June even though it will take until the end of July to offer all adults a first dose of vaccine. Still, that date may now be in doubt as cases of infection with the "Indian variant" are increasing. It does make me wonder, however, just how bad things will have to get before the government actually decides not to proceed with lifting the last phase of restrictions. Doing so will be admitting defeat and I'm not convinced egos will allow that.
I can understand why the UK government has not said that if you are fully vaccinated you can immediately go back to normal. They want everyone following the same path so that resentment doesn't start to manifest. The more I read from the US the more I see a two tier system developing — the haves and the have nots, with the former criticising the latter. Comments to the effect that those who are not yet fully vaccinated are ruining things for the rest whose freedoms should not be impinged because of it. Some of it is quite vitriolic.
I understand that it's been a long, hard battle and that we have suffered way beyond the immediate impacts of the virus, but this is still something we have to see out together.