I think it fitting to sum up this year commenting on the pandemic. The pandemic and the election dominated the news, and probably most of our interest this strange and trying year. I’ve already commented last post about what I thought about Trump and Trumpism- the ideology. I damn the ideology while I pray for the man. I’m looking forward to noon on January 20th, 2021 when according to our constitution, that man is no longer the president.
Anyway, let’s give the last word to someone who’s become a hero to me – Dr. Anthony Fauci. In this article from CNBC and during an interview with the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Monday Dr. Fauci shared what was his proudest moment and his darkest moment of 2020. His proudest moment was the successful development of a vaccine for Covid-19. From the article:
“That is a historic, unprecedented achievement,” Fauci said. Vaccines typically take 10 to 15 years to develop, but the initiative “Operation Warp Speed” allowed American businesses, scientists, the federal government and the military to collaborate and accelerate the process.”
As Fauci notes, it was the collaboration of business, government, and the military that allowed the remarkable achievement to occur. The extremist notions from either end of the spectrum- that ONLY private enterprise – or ONLY government have the solution was dramatically exploded by the accomplishment. Collaboration is the key- an important lesson to be learned going forward.
The article also said:
That said, the year was also full of dark moments, particularly for people on the front lines fighting the pandemic.
The U.S. is recording at least 213,700 new Covid-19 cases and at least 2,400 virus-related deaths each day, based on Johns Hopkins University data. January is projected to be the worst month yet, and cases are expected to peak. The U.S. death toll topped 300,000 on Monday.
Fauci said that the “extraordinary burden of disease and death in this country” represent his darkest moments of the year.
It is my fondest hope for the new year that Americans rally together to do the necessary steps to end this pandemic as soon as possible. Fauci said:
“Those are the things that, as a physician scientist and a public health official, are very painful,” he said.
The numbers and “the enormity of the problem, it just can actually overwhelm you,” Fauci told CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta during a panel Wednesday.
Focusing on the problem at hand, ending the pandemic, is how Fauci stays motivated. “I focus like a laser on what I need to do,” Fauci said Monday.
Great advice from a great man. Let’s take it.