An injection of hope

November 20, 2020 · Print This Article

At a press conference this week, Dr Kate O’Brien, the W.H.O. director of immunisation, said that “Getting to vaccine efficacy is like building a base camp at Everest, but delivering the vaccines is like the climb to the peak”.

While I dearly hope the promising early results of the three front-running vaccines are the beginning of the end for the pandemic, as an old proverb tells us, “there’s many a slip ‘twixt cup and lip”.

There are not just questions about how to roll out the world’s biggest ever vaccine programme, there are other issues to consider like, will it work in the real world? And will enough people take it to bring an end to Covid-19? It is thought that 60-70% of the global population must be immune to stop the virus spreading easily (herd immunity) – billions of people, even if the vaccine works perfectly.

That’s the difference between hope and belief. I hope these vaccines will save the world, but I don’t know for sure. However, when it comes to saving the world, there is someone I truly believe can and will. His name is Jesus. One of his best friends, John, wrote this about him, “God didn’t send His Son into the world to judge it; instead, he is here to rescue a world headed toward certain destruction”.1

As a human, I hope there is a vaccine coming soon to rescue us. As a Christian, I believe there is a superhuman coming soon who will.

Peter Mill

Peter is editor-in-chief at Because

1 The Bible – John 3:17 (The Voice)
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