Over the last 9 months, we have seen heroism, innovation, and precise science, performed under unbelievable pressure. The result is no short of miraculous.
FROM THE CHAIRMAN
In March 2020, the United States was in the early stages of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The country shut down, and the economy ground to a halt to slow the spread of the virus. Think back to March and the uncertainties it held for us all.
Nine months later, the US Food and Drug Administration approved 2 COVID-19 vaccines under emergency authorization. Before New Year’s Day, millions of Americans—including frontline physicians, health care providers, and our vulnerable populations in nursing homes—had received the vaccine.
Overall, the media has crafted a rather negative narrative about the COVID-19 pandemic. They described the US response to the pandemic as blundering from one mistake to the next.
Yet, a more accurate and underappreciated way to tell the story of the past 9 months revolves around heroism, innovation, and precise science, performed under unbelievable pressure.
Let’s not mince words: The United States and the world must appreciate the role of the pharmaceutical industry—the investigators, physicians, and business leaders—who are rescuing the world from COVID-19. It is the medical breakthrough of our lifetime. Consider these facts:
Distribution of the vaccine, the next step in the process, will be as challenging as the development phase, if not more so. Again, the pharmaceutical industry is rising to the occasion, as factories worldwide are on overdrive to produce hundreds of millions of vaccine doses.
Less than a month after the Pfizer vaccine was approved, more than 15.4 million doses of vaccine have been distributed throughout the country, and more than 4.6 million individuals have received their first dose, according to CDC data. Many patients are already receiving their second dose. All of this is incredible, considering 6 months ago many observers did not think a vaccine would be available until 2021.
Every day, more people will be vaccinated. After health care workers and our most vulnerable citizens, other frontline workers will be protected. Teachers will be vaccinated so our children can return to school. Soon, all Americans will be able to receive the vaccine at their doctor’s office or at a CVS or Walgreens.
Remember, we accomplished this in only 9 months—with the help, dedication, and expertise of our pharmaceutical industry heroes. Next time you turn on the TV and see negativity, turn it off and imagine instead where we will be in 9 months. ❒
Mike Hennessy Sr
Chairman and Founder,
MJH Life SciencesTM