Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is something that is not going away anytime soon, but maybe vaccines are the answer to bringing us back to normal. It seems as though the vaccines are helping with opening businesses back up, but supply chain problems are holding it back.

The rapid spread of COVID-19 globally, reduced consumerism and created complete shutdowns of industries. Sadly, it is not very easy to just go back to normal so quickly. The mass shutdowns have led to chaos for the manufacturers and distributers of goods who cannot produce or supply as much as they did pre-pandemic, due to worker shortages, and a lack of key components and raw materials. 

The pandemic is to blame for the many blockages in production systems and going back to normal, but vaccines are slowly helping with returning the economy back to normal. With the rollout of vaccines mandates, businesses are allowing their employees back to work. More employees means that a supply chain crisis can be minimized, but that all depends on how many people are willing to get the vaccine and if the COVID-19 virus does not get worse.

Nonetheless, a supply chain crisis is something to be weary of. With consumerism increasing, it is becoming difficult for manufacturers and distributers to return to normal. According to White House officials, the Biden administration is trying to alleviate blockages at ports, but we may face higher prices, and sparser shelves this festive season. If supply does not meet demand, many of the goods we all need and enjoy will not be here in the next few months. 

Although a supply chain crisis may occur, do not run to the stores to hoard all your necessities. There is a possibility that COVID-19 vaccines may put a stop to this crisis.

Do you think a return to normal is imminent? Let us know down in the comments.

This article originally published on GREY Journal.