McKinsey’s Week in Charts

High-risk Americans could all be vaccinated by mid-2021

Moderna and Pfizer–BioNTech are expected to deliver sufficient COVID-19-vaccine doses to inoculate all high-risk Americans, including healthcare personnel, frontline workers, and long-term-care-facility residents, in the first half of 2021. Additionally, other COVID-19 vaccines, including those approved in other markets (for example, the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine), are likely to become available.

To read the article, see “When will the COVID-19 pandemic end?,” January 20, 2021.

See why the COVID-19 vaccine delivery path is filled with risks

In this common operating model of COVID-19-vaccine delivery in the United States, we highlight critical risk areas in every stage of the deployment process. Click through the interactive to learn more about what can go wrong in every stage of the delivery path and how breakdowns can shut down the entire system.

An interactive map can be had here  

To read the article, see “The risks and challenges of the global COVID-19-vaccine rollout,” January 26, 2021.

Outdoor sports and home exercise for the win, both during and post-pandemic

In the global sports market, categories that seemed to do well during the pandemic—including individual outdoor sports, home exercise, and esports—will remain popular in 2021.

To read the report, see “Sporting goods 2021: The next normal for an industry in flux,” January 25, 2021.

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US herd immunity: Still on track for 2021, but new variants threaten the timeline

While the probability of achieving herd immunity by fall is still the most likely scenario, the rise of more contagious mutations and slower initial vaccine rollout increase the likelihood that the UK and the US will acquire herd immunity by early 2022.

To read the article, see “When will the COVID-19 pandemic end?,” January 20, 2021

Mind the [skills] gap

Most companies worldwide—87 percent—are aware that they either already have a skills gap, or will have one within a few years.

To view the interactive, see “Five Fifty: The skillful corporation,” January 8, 2021.