While the primary intent was vaccine nationalism and guaranteed early U.S. access, the vaccine development facilitated by Operation Warp Speed has already saved millions of lives worldwide.
Why did Taiwan perform better than the U.S. on COVID-19? Why did New Zealand surpass the U.K.? There may be a simple explanation.
We should take care to speak plainly, truthfully and with humility, and to value others who do the same over those who shout loudest.
Even in the pre-COVID world, our health-care system struggled to address routine demand for patient care, despite ranking among the top spenders worldwide.
When it comes to big decisions, governments are pulled in different directions all the time. Our leaders know they have to quash the COVID-19 virus, but they do not know the best way of getting there.
In a culture that sees social expectations as a form of oppression, can we really expect everyone to wake up in the morning of our pandemic present and suddenly agree that we are all in it together?
Overcoming vaccine hesitancy in a democracy will take patience, honest information about the risk-benefit of choices and the advice of trusted friends. Some people will overcome their fear for altruistic reasons and others because the alternative is less attractive.
The immediate response in 2020 was an increase in total health spending as taken from assorted announced federal and provincial measures totalling $44 billion though much of it remains unspent.