Every New Years Eve, we hope that the end of the year will be a time to celebrate the past twelve months while looking forward to the promise of an even better year to come. Unfortunately, this year seems to be ending on a note of frustration and the next is starting without a clear path to better times. While the vaccines have been developed, they remain to be effectively manufactured, distributed and administered. Our only wish is that 2021 may, indeed, be the year that the world comes together to vanquish, or at least overpower SARS-CoV-2 and any of its future variants. We, at RSI, being scientists, have been trained to look at the numbers, but this year we must look at the faces of those who have left us; there have been too many. This year, 2019, has seen the death of over 1.8 million people, people whose death, would we have responded in a faster and more coordinated way, might have been avoided. They were robbed of years; we at RSI hope that, at the very least, lessons will have been learned for future responses.