The #ThankYou Campaign Rolls Along

From Englewood to Hesperus, from Aurora to Denver—the #thankyouscience and #thankyouphrma campaign is on a roll as vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna make their way to communities across the country. As of Jan. 14, 11.1 million doses of the vaccine have already been administered. (Track daily progress here.) 

We mourn the ongoing loss of life and know many cities and states are struggling to manage record surges of COVID19 cases. 

But the rollout of the vaccine is providing a ray of hope—a reason to look ahead to a time when we can resume going to concerts, restaurants, movie theaters and sporting events. More importantly, to seeing our friends and gathering our families. 

This optimism is thanks to the top-flight scientists behind the scenes who were able to develop the vaccine in record time. It is, without question, a moment to say, thank you

“If this is the beginning of the end of the pandemic, as we all hope, then it’s clear that this has come about through individuals working together for the good of us all,” stated an article in The Guardian. “And, make no mistake, these researchers have been working unbelievably hard.” 

In fact, it is this army of researchers and scientists around the world who compressed four years of work—that was how long many experts thought it would take to develop a viable vaccine when the pandemic first began—down to less than twelve months. 

Looking for specific examples?

Here’s a story about one of those scientists, 35-year-old Hamilton Bennett, senior director of vaccine access and partnerships at Moderna. 

Bennett said she felt very strongly that it was Moderna’s “moral and social obligation” to begin work on the vaccine even when the disease was in its early stages of worldwide spread. 

Here’s another profile of 34-year-old Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett at the National Institutes of Health. She played a major role in running the clinical trials for the Moderna vaccine. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, credited Corbett for her key role in developing the vaccine.

And a profile of biochemist Katalin Kariko, who escaped communism and played a major role in leading the effort in the development of the vaccine for Pfizer. (Her story is truly amazing.) Kariko is considered one of the favorites for the Nobel Prize in Medicine. 

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