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What science gave, and what it took: The COVID vaccine is a triumph, but tech-fueled tribalism still risks lives

What science gave, and what it took: The COVID vaccine is a triumph, but tech-fueled tribalism still risks lives
This past Wednesday morning, I was sitting in my mask and goggles at the doctor’s station in the emergency room surrounded by COVID-19 patients waiting for beds to open in the hospital above me. They were quiet, breathing into their oxygen masks behind glass doors, miserable and afraid, alone in their cubicles.

It typically takes many weeks to die, and many weeks to recover, and so little happens in between.Like both money and faith, it informs virtually every aspect of the modern world.And like money and faith, it is aspirational.It is science and its cousin, technology, that have given us the internet and social media, the unwitting champions not of external, independent, empirical truth, but of relativism, and curated, market-driven reinforcement of individual biases and tastes, no matter how dark or misguided.

In the midst of so much chaos and tragedy, finally we have this calm pure thing, a little flash of lightning in our arms.But these are the fruits of science, not the thing itself.

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