Medical breakthroughs are a sad irony of great wars, no less the war on COVID-19.
Humanity will be better prepared to deal with the threat.
Hundreds of thousands of researchers around the world dropped their projects to join the battle to find treatments for those sickened by the virus and vaccines to protect the uninfected and stop its spread.
The world now knows how to effectively marshal medical research for a single cause. When, not if, the next pandemic occurs, humanity will be better prepared to deal with the threat.
There have been collateral benefits from this massive effort, beginning with messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) therapy, which is likely to have far-reaching effects on many branches of medicine.
The mRNA vaccine is like a wanted-persons poster, telling the immun...