Science Is Advancing, But Politicians Are Indifferent

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Pedestrians walk past Pfizer world headquarters in New York on Monday Nov. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

A couple of days ago, Moderna announced that it had developed a vaccine with an efficacy of 94.5% against the Coronavirus. Pfizer also announced its vaccine is 95% effective and that it would submit its findings to the FDA. I imagine a third and then a fourth vaccine from other companies will also be announced soon.

It's like we won the lottery. This is the news we have all been waiting for. This is the news that all of humanity was waiting to hear.

However, the issue is not just the development of the vaccine. It is also its distribution. It is also a matter of convincing people to get the vaccine because there are many who, seduced by conspiracy theories, will refuse to get it.

I have a feeling that science has seldom been sidelined as much as it is today, at a time we need it more than ever before.

And that while science can discover and develop what is needed to protect the population, the politicization of the subject acts as a barrier to its efforts.

So while science, after a reasonable initial period of research, has begun to move at a rapid pace, the U.S. government seems paralyzed and therefore uninvolved and disengaged.

The government is continuing to deal with the outcome of the elections, an issue that has been settled, instead of, first, doing what it can to fight the virus and, second, helping the new administration be prepared to move at a very fast pace in against the virus on January 20, the day of the inauguration.

It is truly unbelievable to watch this situation during the greatest crisis facing America in decades – with 11.4 million cases, of which, 1 million occurred last week, and more than 245,000 deaths – 1.3 million deaths worldwide.

It should be self-evident that all responsible bodies, public and private, need to coordinate so that vaccines reach the people as soon as possible.

It is a matter of life and death! What else is there to understand?