I am neither an economist nor a supply chain expert, but my intuition informs me that shortages will probably increase in the coming weeks and months. They may even become a permanent feature of our continuing shift toward a totalitarian new normal (or utter chaos, take your pick).
Yet one product appears to be in endless supply in the West. What's more, this one product seems to be totally immune to all the increased demand, workforce issues, severed supply chains, delayed shipping, transport problems, and other factors that are supposedly causing the shortages of other goods in the West.
That product is the birdemic peck; and the abundance includes all of its associated paraphernalia.
There's no asparagus anywhere in continental Europe, but if you want a peck, you can get one on practically every street corner in the West. Heck, in some places, they'll go out of their way and bring the peck directly to your home - free of charge!
No matter how high the demand, no matter how broken the supply chains, the amount of available pecks never seems to decrease.
Funny how that works.
Maybe it's because the birdemic peck isn't really a "good" at all . . .
Note added: Asparagus might not be in short supply, but for some reason it's the first thing that sprang to mind.