It was a year ago Saturday that the first Hoosier was stricken with what has become our 21st century nightmare, COVID-19. Ten days later Roberta “Birdie” Shelton became the first known death, dying alone in a pandemic that came quickly and with great mystery.

Now, some 12,633 Hoosier deaths later (and more than 517,000 nationally), we are seeing what has been widely described as a “light at the end of the tunnel.” Earlier this week, the millionth Hoosier took what is nothing short of a modern miracle, a vaccination developed and tested in less than a year that is guaranteed to keep you out of the hospital and an early grave.

Brian A. Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana at Find him on Facebook or Twitter @hwypol

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