Breakingviews – Urge to purge 2020 from memory should be resisted

A doctor collects a swab sample from a man to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outside Clinic Ajwa in Shah Alam, Malaysia December 10, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) – When will 2020 end? That was a familiar lament across the globe as humanity shut down almost everything to cope with a common threat. The arrival of Covid-19 threw all our plans – not to mention predictions – to the wayside. Almost nothing that markets, investors or companies anticipated one year ago proved prescient.

For 2021, at least one thing is certain: the world will be