Grant Sarver November 20, 2020

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After receiving promising results from clinical trials, pharmaceutical company Pfizer will apply for emergency approval for its COVID-19 vaccine from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today. Its two injections have yielded a 95% effectiveness rate in preventing the virus. The world has been waiting for this moment for 8 months: the beginning of the end of the pandemic.

The U.S. government has already expressed interest in buying and distributing millions of doses of a vaccine to the American people to help resolve this disaster. This kind of public and private sector interaction is not uncommon in times of disaster. Emergency contracts are swiftly put together for physical and monetary aid and services and can be put out at any time.


The Florida Division of Historical Resources is requesting proposals from qualified firms for a risk assessment and disaster planning project. “The purpose of this project is to analyze the risk historic properties face from natural disasters and provide better local and state policy and planning guidance.” Specific work includes but is not limited to: providing straightforward methodologies and tools for use by local governments, clear state-level policy and guidance for implementation by the Division, and conducting a gap analysis of historic preservation and disaster mitigation. Bids for this opportunity are due December 1.


Deschutes County, Oregon, is seeking proposals for on-call crisis services for its Stabilization Center. Work is for one year and includes phone and face-to-face crisis screening and clinical treatment services such as comprehensive assessments, case management consultation, and crisis intervention. Bids for this opportunity are due December 11.

Times of crises can bring out the best in people sometimes. Everyone is hurting right now, but if we collaborate efficiently and act with haste we can get people vaccinated and get this virus under control. If we can tackle COVID-19, we can handle any disaster.

About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in May 2021. He is most interested in human rights and social equity and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.