Europe: vaccination progress will increase reopening pressure despite concerns over virus mutations. Switzerland: a swift recovery starting in the second quarter will lift GDP above pre-crisis levels in 2021. Inflation is rising, with one-off effects in the Eurozone and more underlying price pressure in the US.

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