Incredible pools of human-talent and technological resources all over the world are focused on the eradication of this scourge. At least 254 therapies and 95 vaccines to treat Covid-19 are in the works and the discovery and manufacturing of pan viral vaccines and medications capable of coping with what may come is feasible, and at a cost of no more than $1 per every human being on earth.
If there is still any major obstacle, it is human resolve, not its ability.
Will is an elusive commodity, one that has kept the door ajar for human-threatening-viral-infections, such as SARS, Ebola, and certainly HIV.
Covid-19 has all the potential to become a game-changer in preventing viral infections because this time the lessons from previous epidemics seem to have finally sunken-in. Epidemics, after all, force societies to acknowledge their true values.
Despite the efforts of some rulers to manipulate the pandemic for political gains, it has become clear that expertise and institutions matter, and that there is such a thing as a global community.
Religion also is coming around, understanding that God’s omnipotence is not so much the power to control but the power to enable. Human beings have the capability, and with it, the responsibility to make the world in which we live a less threatening and disruptive environment.
Whether these lessons will take root, and will change the way we think and how we handle the world we live in, depends on each of us. We now understand that we have the power and the obligation to play a role, at least in managing how and when we die.
Governments and scientists are empowered by citizens to act according to the recommendations and assurances they have submitted. However, it is the citizens responsibility to disentangle themselves from the blaming, the jealousies games, and the poorly conceived save-facing theological doctrines, and defend the ultimate object of their responsibility which is: life.