Yesterday afternoon I received the first of two doses of The Vaccine, all handled with great efficiency at a location less than a mile from my house. Right now I'm typing this with only a mildly sore forearm, although Mein Frau seems to have gone down for the count with a case of the one-day post-jab bug (body aches, chiefly). Better that than a full-blown case of the COVID Crud. We've even been pre-registered for the next dose in May.
It always strikes me that the vast, vast, vast majority of why things are messed up is mainly a matter of political willpower. The whole reason we got into this mess in the first place was because the Last Guy disbanded the team that was tasked with keeping pandemics from spreading in the first place (because it was "too expensive"; more risible words were never spoken by mortal lips). Once we got competent people in charge, things turned around wicked fast. That, and we also no longer had an administration that demonized independent competence.
That said, I get the feeling at least one Rubicon has been crossed as of late with regard to our attitudes about all this. People now have way too much firsthand experience with how demonizing one of the most powerful tools we have for collective action is, in fact, a really bad idea. Just because government can sometimes be the problem doesn't mean it always is, or that it's fated to be. And sometimes it's the only viable solution to the problem.
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