Retiring Director of the National Institutes of Health Francis Collins performed an “end of the Pandemic” song to the tune of “Over the Rainbow” during a farewell NIH town hall on Tuesday. Collins accompanied himself on acoustic guitar. Collins is set to step down this week; he was appointed in 2009 by Barack Obama. Over 800,000 Americans have died of/with COVID-19 on Collins’ watch, with his NIH funding research in Wuhan, China that likely helped produce the pandemic virus.
Somewhere past the pandemic when we’re free, there’s a life I remember full of activity.
Somewhere past the pandemic masks will come off, no more need for a nose swab every time we cough.
As we are gathered here today COVID’s toll has hit and sent us reeling.