I remember the day the WHO sounded the alarm and NBA canceled its first NBA game marking the official start of the pandemic.

I remember reading news about the development of the vaccine. It couldn’t come soon enough

I remember when Ontario commenced the rollout of the vaccine. Finally, a light at the end of the tunnel.

Today, I received my first dose of the Moderna vaccine. I’m grateful that I live in a country that’s first in line to receive the vaccines, but I understand that not everyone is as lucky as I am.

In this piece from the NYT, it mentions that 600 million people have been at least partially vaccinated meaning that over 7 billion still have not. Over half of all available doses have gone to just one-seventh of the world’s population specifically to western countries. The implications are that poorer countries face the prospect of years of suffering.

In response, the WHO initiated the COVAX program aimed at equitable access to covid-19 vaccines. As their website says, With a fast-moving pandemic, no one is safe, unless everyone is safe.” Hopefully we can put this pandemic behind us soon.

May 3, 2021

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