The best Christmas present

One can’t but feel a little hope across the world today. Television, radio, newspapers, and social media have broadcast the arrival of jets bringing the vaccine to North America and then we watched as trucks rolled out to cities to deliver their life saving vaccines.

In Canada we began distributing 30,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to all 10 provinces. It is only 1/2000ths of the total number of doses that will be needed to create herd immunity in our nation. We can cheer and applaud knowing the first recipient in Canada is a woman in a long-term care facility in Quebec. Our hearts can beat proudly knowing that front line care givers in Ontario’s long term care hospitals will be among the first to receive the vaccine.

On Monday, Saturn and Jupiter will align, making them appear as the brightest star in the nighttime. The realization that there is the potential today to save lives and reduce health risks is like a beacon in the sky showing us the way forward in the darkest of seasons and the coldest of nights. Maybe a similar beacon, a star, guided wise men to Bethlehem.

Monday marks the longest night of the year and then light grows each day for us living in the northern hemisphere. Each day will see more doses of vaccine arrive in Canada. Each day more people will begin receiving their vaccine. And 21 days from today, those that received the first dose, will receive the second dose and 7 to 10 days later those first 30,000 Canadians will be immune from the COVID virus. Each day as more Canadians finish their vaccine treatment, we will become safer. However, we will not be safe from the ravages of COVID-19 until we are all immunized.


In the meantime, we will all wait patiently for our turn. Hopefully, all Canadians will be vaccinated by the fall equinox. In the next nine months, even though we can rejoice in having developed a vaccine, and feel hope that the pandemic will be ending, our daily lives of isolating, social distancing, wearing masks to shop for groceries or pick up medicines must continue. Just as children can hardly wait for their birthdays, or Christmas to arrive and every day seems like a lifetime, our waiting will seem just as long.

The vaccine is the best Christmas present that we can receive this coming year. I extend my best wishes to all that your families will remain healthy and safe. Merry Christmas.

Jim Cumming
Retired Publisher