On March 11, 2020, a Wednesday night basketball game scheduled between our local Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder was postponed and then later canceled, as it was found that both Jazz all stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert had tested positive for the then novel Coronavirus. Talk about the virus had been ongoing and the threat of a potential shutdown of sports or businesses had been spoken of, but this moment in time will be remembered as the day the earth stood still. In the weeks to follow, talk of a vaccine was nearly nonexistent, and the idea that life could drastically change for longer than a month or two was unthinkable.
On March 10, nearly a year to the day after that infamous game, President Joe Biden announced that his administration would be ordering another 100 million doses of the vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson as his administration works to ensure every American is vaccinated. This announcement would place the United States in the position to have a surplus of vaccines to be distributed worldwide, when many countries around the world are running years behind schedule. The attitude of Joe Biden and his administration to reassert the position of the United States as leader of the world order since his arrival to office serves as a stark contrast to the previous administration, one that sought to leave the World Health Organization last year during the worst pandemic the world has seen since the Spanish Flu. The message was clear then that the United States would not be present in collaborations to assist other countries in the production or facilitation of the vaccine. The message today is just as clear, that the Biden administration is committed again to being at the head of the table when it comes to conquering challenges.
Jeremy Dawson, Salt Lake City