This Can Be an Extraordinary Year

2021 could be the year we defeat Covid-19

Andy Slavitt
Medium Coronavirus Blog


Photo: Anton/Unsplash

It’s not time for despair. It’s time to fix things and move our country forward.

There was a point in time in this pandemic when we didn’t know up from down. There was a time when people in charge were describing up as down.

We’ve seen the worst of the worst. We’ve been through hell, and we’re not done. We’ve lost things that can’t be regained. We alternate between fear, anger, loss of hope, and occasional real glimpses of life. But we are surviving, and we are remembering.

Extraordinary people are out there. In labs, holding hands with our loved ones, volunteering. And I choose to think of them and all of you when I think of this country. Not those waving the flag but those who live its values and try to make us better.

Yes, there is ignorance and hate and indifference and selfishness. There always has been and there always will be. But they can’t set our agenda or determine our course. Not for long anyway.

Having a president who cares and who is committed and is not scared and does not take everything personally will be a chance we haven’t had in a while.

The virus is not ready to compromise. And as much as it is known to us, it still has surprises in store. But…