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Opinion: Thanks to our leaders for vaccines and admonitions

The vaccines were developed much faster than normal, and people should heed President Nelson’s urgings to get one.

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A pharmacist prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Walgreens pharmacist Mckayla Poulsen prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Cedarwood senior living community in Sandy on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

An article in the Deseret News on Aug. 13 by reporter Tad Walch (“First Presidency urges vaccination, says COVID-19 vaccines are ‘safe and effective’”) presents a timely admonition from a trusted source. President Russell M. Nelson is not only the leader of a worldwide Christian church but also a medical doctor, a heart surgeon. In the article, President Nelson said “... he prayed often for the development of COVID-19 vaccines,” and he called the vaccines a “godsend” in a January social media post after he received his first vaccination shot.

Thank you President Nelson for your prayers and inspired admonitions, and thank you former President Donald J. Trump for your inspired efforts to begin and facilitate Operation Warp Speed, which gave the world multiple vaccines that are safe and effective in less than one year. This was far less than the multiple years typically required for a vaccine, and undoubtedly saved hundreds of thousands of lives in our country and millions more worldwide.

Ron Paxton