2020 began with an unprecedented escalation of tensions between Iran and the United States after President Donald Trump order the death of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a drone attack and that, by retaliating, an Iranian missile accidentally shot down a Canadian plane.
On the verge of proclaiming war between the two nations, the waters calmed down and today focused on the history that will mark us for generations: the coronavirus pandemic.
The world stopped in March and half humanity spent months confined While deaths from the new virus were skyrocketing. Then they started the applause on the balconies At 8 p.m., the planes parked in deserted airports and the masks began to become a mandatory accessory on the streets while safety distance and telework they drew invisible boundaries to our social life.
When summer hit the Northern Hemisphere, the pandemic took a breather and the cities began to lose their definition.
And while the ‘new normal’ gaining ground, Beirut unfortunately became the center of today. A huge explosion whose shock wave was felt several kilometers away killed more than a hundred people, wounding some 3,000 in the capital of Lebanon. The streets were demolished overnight as if they had been the target of an intense bombardment.
Another of the most shocking images was death live by African American George Floyd while being pinned down by police officers in broad daylight. Before dying he uttered a phrase that marked the beginning of a wave of anti-racist protests around the world: “I can’t breathe”.
Thus came the United States elections inevitably determined by the pandemic that Trump faced by turning his back on science and the outrage mobilized by Black Live Matters with which the American magnate did not empathize either.
In November, the binomial Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the presidential election. He is the oldest president in the history of the country, she, the first woman, the first African-American, and the first of Asian descent in occupying the role of vice president. The Times believes that they have made history and that is why they have been named the person of the year 2020.
On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, Europe was closing a wound that had been open for four years. Negotiations for a Brexit deal were coming to an end hours before christmas. The European Union and the United Kingdom finally shook hands and they closed a painful and long divorce process.
And while political news took a turn in the United States and reached an agreement in Europe, the pandemic flared up again with a second wave that triggered the number of cases and deaths again. And with this the restrictions returned.
But December, opened the door to hope. The vaccines have arrived. And citizens around the world have already received them. Vaccines that have been developed in record time and that tell the best story of 2020. That of human resilience.