The world has much to learn from Germany's exemplary pandemic response. Imagine if each of your states decided when it would reopen based on popular opinion, disregarding expert advice. You'd have something like the US response, except the US has three times as many states.eventually we are going to get a vaccine, and eventually this particular threat will subside. but i gather it is not likely this pandemic is going to be the last one, chances are there will be a new variance and the hunt for a vaccine will start over.
Vaccine research is looking promising with at least two efforts already progressing to large-scale human trials, but it's still not a sure thing, and there's no telling how long immunity will last. Even if a safe and effective vaccine is developed, in the US, a significant part of the population will likely refuse to be vaccinated based on popular conspiracy theories.
It's a wonder we've gone so long without a pandemic. We dodged bullets with SARS and MERS. As long as we continue creating conditions favoring their emergence (crowding vast numbers of highly stressed animals in factory farms and markets), new pandemics are certain to arise. And we'll have to battle them against a background of accelerating climate destruction. In the US, fire and hurricane seasons are just beginning. How will we evacuate and shelter their victims without incubating fresh outbreaks? If you think there's a plan, then you haven't been paying attention.