A person reading a newspaper, top news stories of 2020

Source: Kayla Koslosky | ChristianHeadlines.com Editor

1. The COVID-19 Pandemic

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Perhaps the most prominent crisis we faced this year was the novel coronavirus outbreak. The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, was first discovered in December 2019, after a cluster of people in Wuhan, China reported respiratory illnesses. By March, the virus had become so far-reaching that the World Health Organization declared it a global pandemic.

Following the pandemic declaration, countries across the globe closed their borders and issued lockdown orders, encouraging their citizens to leave their homes as little as possible. Lockdown orders bgan to loosen midway through the summer, but coronavirus cases would spike causing officials to call for a second lockdown period.

As of the time of this writing, 74.2 million people have contracted COVID-19 worldwide, with 42 million people recovering from the virus and 1.65 million perishing.

At the outset of the pandemic, biopharmaceutical companies including Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca began working to create a COVID-19 vaccine. In December 2020, after completing successful clinical trials, Pfizer and Modernawere granted permission to administer their vaccines. Due to government distrust and the record-breaking speed at which the vaccines were developed, many are voicing skepticism over the drugs. Nonetheless, the first vaccinations are currently being administered across the United Kingdom and the United States.