Weekly Column

Weekly Column

Racing at Warp Speed

Over the last several months, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked unprecedented havoc on the world. Indeed, no country has been spared from the ugly wrath inflicted by this mysterious and deadly invisible enemy. In response to this common adversary, the world’s best scientists and researchers, for the first time in decades, are all razor focused on solving the same problem: finding a cure and discovering a vaccine for COVID-19. Amid this race, the United States is rapidly covering ground and running lengths ahead of the rest of the world.

The reason that America remains in the leading position is thanks to Operation Warp Speed (OWS), which was initiated in mid-May by President Donald Trump. This historic undertaking is a partnership between relevant federal agencies – including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense – and the private sector that’s allowing the United States to race toward a safe and effective vaccine in a matter of months instead of years. For reference, while the fastest a vaccine has been discovered and deployed is four years, the vaccine development process usually takes at least 10-15 years.







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