The slow covid-19 vaccine rollout has begun starting in December and important figures such as the president-elect Biden have received their vaccine. The current vaccines that have been approved are the Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna vaccine. For many in the United States it seems that the end of the tunnel has almost been reached. Unfortunately, the road ahead for the vaccine deployment will have a few challenges to overcome before the pandemic is officially over in America.
The first main challenge that will have to be addressed by the so called “Operation Warp Speed” is convincing people to get the vaccine in the first place. Many Americans still believe that covid-19 is not real and most likely will not even try to get the vaccine. A large-scale public health campaign will be needed in order to make sure most actually try Americans get the vaccine in the first place. If large areas of the mid-western US are not fully convinced, then the covid-19 outbreak could continue in small bursts well into 2021. The full vaccination of America will most likely involve the convincing of employers, local politicians, the federal government, non-profits, and more.
The second main challenge that will have to be addressed is getting medical infrastructure to every corner of the United States. The continental United States is full of remote pockets of citizens and getting medical teams to almost every community in the country is imperative for ending the small business massacre. Any mistake in the logistical operations of “Operation Warp Speed” could result in a small community being skipped over which would be a health threat to other communities in whatever state the medical team is in. The logistical operations alone will easily cost billions of dollars and take at least 7 months.
The third main challenge that “Operation Warp Speed” will have to overcome is making sure the distribution of vaccines is done in an orderly manner instead of a mosh pit. States will be climbing over each other to get the first shipments possible because it will allow their economies to finally recover. A messy distribution process would end up extending the length of “Operation Warp Speed” extra weeks due to messed up shipments or vaccines not being handled properly. A successful execution of the public health operation will need a pristine and orderly distribution process.
The final main challenge that “Operation Warp Speed” and future governments will face is convincing the American people that the country is safe after the job is done. Even after most of the country is vaccinated, small pockets of covid-19 could appear occasionally which could place doubt on the true health situation the country faces. Eventually people must be convinced by someone to trust that the outside world is completely safe. This challenge will most likely be the hardest because of the sheer amount of cultural and behavioral change required to turn a pandemic society into a normal pre-pandemic society. The smoothness of the transition back into normal life could determine how fast the economy takes to fully recover from the covid-19 crash.
Sources: https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/covid-19-vaccines, https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/explaining-operation-warp-speed/index.html#:~:text=Operation%20Warp%20Speed’s%20goal%20is,and%20diagnostics%20(collectively%20known%20as, https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/12/20/covid-vaccine-front-line-workers/