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In science we trust

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It is, of course, too early to declare victory.

Defeating COVID-19 remains elusive and, sadly, beyond the distant horizon. While some nations are making important headway against this stubborn, mutating virus, other parts of the globe remain ravaged by a clandestine contagion that has already infected and killed millions and will infect and kill countless others until this sinister menace hopefully fades into irrelevance.

Still, undeniable progress has been made in staunching the halting human toll of a virulent pathogen that has, for more than a year, paralysed much of the world and compelled many of us to ponder nature’s unpredictability and our fragile mortality.

Leading the way in realising humanity’s salvation has been what I have previously dubbed the “white-coat army” of scientists and physicians who have helped navigate the planet and our tender psyches through these distressing and turbulent times.

Unperturbed by the kooks, quacks and dangerous political hacks, the white-coat army has gone about their necessary, deliberate, empirical work to engineer vaccines that inoculate us from the lethal consequences of an indiscriminate virus that has caused such lasting pain, suffering and loss.

Save for the kooks, quacks and dangerous political hacks, a largely relieved and grateful world has responded with this simple, yet powerful admission: In science we trust.

The prospect of a sudden or lengthy, lonely death has, understandably, seized our collective consciousness. Most of us have heeded the learned advice of the white-coat army to change, if possible, how we live and work, not only to protect ourselves, but family we love and strangers we will never know.

If there was doubt about the often fatal........

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