Giving thanks during a pandemic – Mary Beth Griggs

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A volunteer in Los Angeles distributes food to people financially hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. | Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

Celebrating Thanksgiving during a pandemic is weird. It’s more stress, more risk calculations, more staying away from people you’d normally draw close to. It feels sucky and dark and I know there’s a lot of people like me who are going to be so grateful for 2020 to be over. But as much as this year has been the worst, it’s also shown us how we humans can be a lot better when we actually try.

This year, I’m thankful for the researchers who have worked carefully and swiftly to develop extremely promising vaccine candidates. They took an impossible task and got it to the finish line in record time.

I’m thankful for the volunteers who were willing to enroll in clinical trials, and put their bodies on the line to help those researchers…

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