No moon shot for the pandemic

It is inconceivable that it has taken this long for common sense to become public policy. Of course we should be wearing masks! We’ve been doing it since the 13th century (says the article).

I have been bitterly disappointed at the U.S. response to the pandemic. When I first heard about the virus, I thought: “Ok, that’s bad, but we can handle it! We have the greatest scientists and the best technology in the world. This is the United States of America! We went to the moon! WE CAN DO THIS!”

Little did I understand the power of thuggish stupidity. The very notion that testing and research can be undermined by base political motives is gravely offensive to me. I suppose I was naive; it’s probably always like that. But in this case the narcissism required to ignore science – and not just ignore it, but sabotage it – is on a scale that beggars my ability to conceive.

So now we’ve come round to the right track. Great! But it’s too late to salvage the missed opportunity for an heroic response. Yes, we are working to save millions of lives, and we will. But we are inspiring no one. We’re just cleaning up the debris of a catastrophe that should have been avoided in the first place.

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