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Light at the End of the Pandemic

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When the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, most people never imagined the government-imposed restrictions would be as harsh and arbitrary as they have been, nor that the entire affair would drag on into the new year. Yet glimpses of hope are arriving this week, small pieces of good news we can joyfully carry throughout Advent and into 2021.

The United Kingdom authorized Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, becoming the first country to authorize a fully tested vaccine, although Russia and China have already approved vaccines without large-scale testing. America has agreed to a pre-purchase of 100 million doses of the vaccine from Pfizer, with an option to purchase a further 500 million doses. Currently Pfizer’s planned 2020 rollout has been slowed by supply chain issues, but the company still intends to deliver on its original plan to distribute more than one billion doses in 2021.

America’s vaccine approval process is much more rigorous than the United Kingdom’s, as the UK’s system relies more on pharmaceutical companies’ own data, while American regulators independently verify the data. Despite this more drawn-out process, the Pfizer vaccine may be approved at a Dec. 10 meeting of outside experts. Meanwhile Moderna is applying to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency approval of its RNA COVID-19 vaccine. If the latter is granted, that vaccine could go into use as early as Dec. 21.

In other news, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have issued new, less restrictive guidelines regarding quarantine periods. Previously the CDC recommended that everyone exposed to someone with COVID-19 should quarantine for at least 14 days. The CDC now says anyone who has not developed symptoms can end their quarantine after 10 days, while those who have no symptoms and a negative COVID test can resume their lives after just seven days, CNBC reports.

These two developments provide a light at the end of the tunnel. First, the availability of a vaccine will bring us over what many pandemic experts have long claimed is the final threshold we must cross before resuming our normal lives. The newly revised quarantine guidelines also promise to be the first step toward the pre-pandemic American way of life. Given the detrimental effects of the virus and lockdowns, the arrival of vaccines should be encouraging, for they remove the last rhetorical tool of the micro-managing politicians who seek to control every aspect of our work, social, and even family lives. If the availability of a vaccine is not enough to end the shutdowns, then nothing is, and the American people will then quickly resume their normal lives even without government’s say so.

The government mandated COVID-19 lockdowns have devastated the American public, and the world at large. From April to October, personal income fell by nearly $1.4 trillion. The U.S. unemployment rate fluctuated between 3.5 and 3.6 percent between September 2019 and February 2020, the former the lowest unemployment rate since December 1969. But this unemployment rate grew to 4.4 percent in April 2020 after the start of the pandemic, peaking at 14.7 percent in May. October’s 6.9 percent unemployment rate, while lower, is still nearly double what it was prior to the lockdowns.

Lockdowns have also caused mental health issues leading to deaths of despair from suicide and drug overdoses. For example, India, which already had one of the highest suicide rates in the world, is estimated to have suffered several thousand additional suicides under some of the most restrictive lockdown measures in the world. In late June of 2020, 40 percent of U.S. adults reported struggling with mental health or substance abuse, a number “considerably elevated” according to the CDC.

Meanwhile children are locked into a season of uncertainty as to when, or if, their schools will reopen. Parents who are still working will have a hard time ensuring their kids complete their virtual lessons, and even then, kids are missing out on a wide variety of social, athletic, and educational opportunities they otherwise would have had.

With the CDC already loosening quarantine guidelines, it seems our leaders can now back off from micromanaging our lives post-vaccine… at least, they should. Right now, however, we can rejoice that it appears America may well be free and returning to normal, the old normal, shortly after the new year arrives.

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Anders Koskinen

Anders Koskinen

Anders Koskinen is an Editorial Associate at Intellectual Takeout. He earned his BA from the University of Minnesota in December 2016 where he graduated with a double major in Journalism and Political Science.

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MelanieDawn
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I suggest you spend more time researching vaccines. The CDC website and NVIC.org are good places to start. Also from a Christian perspective is https://cogforlife.org/
 
 

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Ann Moore
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Mr. Koskinen, COVID-19 has a lot more going on than meets the eye. Do the research, look at the numbers and ask the question- who gains? Technocracy, the Great Reset are key terms to research along with mRNA impact on DNA. Robert Kennedy's work at Children's Health Defense is excellent for FACTUAL information on vaccines: https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/ben-swann-interviews-rfk-jr-covid-vaccine-safety/ 1986, The ACT is a must watch for the FACTS on vaccines. Companies don't bear the brunt of vaccine injury costs, the tax payer does. There is no liability in pharmaceutical companies for their product. It is a $52 Billion dollar industry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKUwnRruyeU Medical Technocracy is responsible for the economic devastation. It is well explained here: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/09/05/medical-technocracy.aspx If our republic is going to remain a republic rather than a shadow corporation that benefits the few, it will require delinking the profitability of medicine from the CDC, the FDA and the lobbyists that influence our legislators.
 
 

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Gneisenau
Please do not get the vaccine. I'm in the third category of to receive it. If you stay scared, I move up in line. Pharma benefits when vaccines are produced. Yes, a brilliant insight. Did you expect pet food manufacturers to profit? Protip: reading articles on the internet is not "doing research."
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Harley Smedlapp
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Optimism is a short-term palliative. This whole COVID / election business (and they ARE intertwined) is intended to drive the world economy to complete collapse, regardless of how many people it kills, so that a group of rich, unelected oligarchs (Klaus Schwab, George Soros, Bill Gates, and the tech moguls) can "rebuild better", as the Great Reset slogan goes. That means total governmental authoritarian control (because we're not smart enough to run our own lives), and zero freedom. As Schwab says, by 2030, "You'll own nothing, and you'll be happy about it." I don't know about you, kemo sabey, but I won't be happy about it.
 
 

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Gneisenau
"(because we're not smart enough to run our own lives)," You know yourself best. But what a brilliant idea. Instead of buying the election in the usual way, George Soros invented a disease that has killed 1.4 million in Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and North America just to get at Trump. And Bill Gates. He stands to make a total fortune with his remaining 1.3% shares of Microsoft that he has left when Windows 12 comes out.
DuaneBSmith
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This article is full of optimism. I don't share that optimism. So much is dependent on people getting vaccinated, and the vaccine is known to be dangerous. Here are just two of many sources talking about the problem with the vaccine. https://www.brighteon.com/4d4036b4-f846-4136-aa38-602c83577047 https://odysee.com/@DrCarrieMadej:9/kla-tv-dr-carrie-madej-warns-about-new:7
 
 

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DuaneBSmith
@Gneisenau If you look closely, I didn’t post links to YouTube. You haven’t posted any evidence that what I linked as being wrong. If you really researched, you would see that what I referred to is correct. There’s so much more to see. If you want to see YouTube videos, I recommend you watch this analysis to see how COVID-19 fits into the big picture. It’s all about government overreach and it will not be getting better. https://youtu.be/g7uorqpUJBY
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Gneisenau
National health authorities in the US and UK and probably dozens of other countries disagree with you after clinical studies. Anyone here can cherry pick YouTube videos by the thousands demonstrating that the vaccine is demonic, produced by space aliens, is intended to insert orbiting satellites to let the gubmit control your mind, etc ad nauseum. And for the record, "Dr" Carrie Madej is on record for claiming that the government is using the vaccine to control your mind.
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RubySwoon
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Thank you for some positive news, Koskinen. Let’s hope you are right.
 
 

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