Letter: Warp speed? Not even close

Published: 1/9/2021 12:03:26 AM
Modified: 1/9/2021 12:03:10 AM

Operation Warp Speed. Sounds like Captain Kirk and the Starship Enterprise exploring new worlds, seeking out new life, boldly going where no man has gone before.

It’s clearly a catchy and an appropriate name to use for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine if one’s writing science fiction. But the slow rollout of vaccine with limited testing facilities and testing kits has taken Operation Warp Speed to Operation Slow Speed.

The coronavirus has challenged our medical and scientific communities. It’s been a year since we first heard of the virus and its deadly effects and still, in 2021, some of us stand for hours in test lines only to be told the test center is out of test kits. Call any test center and try to get an appointment for a rapid or an RNA (nucleic acid belonging to the virus) test. It takes days to get the test and then days for the results.

Think of the psychological effects this has on people. It’s debilitating. The vaccine seems to be deployed in drips and drabs.

I called a vaccine center and was told they had only 900 doses and that seniors would be priorities. That was last week. Still waiting. How much longer should we accept official ineptitude before we sound off and demand better responses?

We’re the greatest nation in the world with the best educators and best scientific communities. The entire world looks to America for inspiration and assistance, yet it appears we cannot help ourselves in this pandemic.

REED PANASITI

Amherst




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