HomeCOVID-19Inside the Operation Warp Speed effort to get Americans a COVID-19 vaccine
Inside the Operation Warp Speed effort to get Americans a COVID-19 vaccine
November 11, 2020
David Martin reports on the military efforts underway to inoculate 300 million Americans with an anticipated COVID-19 vaccine.
While the rest of the country has been counting votes, an Army general named Gus Perna has been counting doses of vaccine. He is in charge of Operation Warp Speed, the catchy title given to the crash program to inoculate 300 million Americans against the coronavirus by next spring.
For those of you longing to reclaim a semblance of your previous life, it may not seem all that speedy, but it is compared to the five to ten years it usually takes to field a new vaccine. Once approved, it will not be a silver bullet. Just as with the annual flu shot, some of us will still get sick. But it should make enough people immune so that the virus runs out of places to go. That would give this country what it badly needs right now – a shot in the arm.