There isn't really a short version but as short as I can get it is as follows.
If the government had properly responded to the pandemic, the economy would DEFINITELY be severely damaged.
If the government did little to nothing to mitigate the pandemic, the country would MAYBE be severely damaged, but there was a slim chance the disease would mutate into something less threatening or turn out to be able to be contained.
Faced with that choice in an election, our leadership chose inaction, but they had to publicly justify that inaction in the face of mounting warning calls and criticism, so they downplayed the threat of the disease.
This turned mitigation efforts partisan with the party out of power having nothing to lose for calling for mitigation efforts while the party in power had their mantra be such efforts were needless.
Fast forward to today, and rabid partisan hacks now view getting the vaccine as a sign of conceding to the political opposition.
Toss onto this pile your run of the mill they're microchipping us crazies, people of color burned by alphabet soup shenanigans with the Tuskegee Experiment, and your vaccines cause autism wackos, and you get our antivaxxers.>>127048245
So to be clear, you want a years long study to determine the efficacy of a vaccine against a rapidly mutating virus? Do you call for that shit for every new flu shot formulation? They literally change that shit every year. At a certain point you have to recognize we're on the virus's timetable here.