It is very encouraging that an effective coronavirus vaccine has proven capable in advanced trials of preventing 90 per cent of those immunised catching the virus.
But we must not be tempted to let our guard down, even though we are in one of the lesser affected areas in Scotland, as there have been further local cases recently, including in schools and care homes.
As I know from personal experience, and that of my family, this highly infectious respiratory disease can prove very aggressive and is sadly, for some, potentially fatal.
That's one of the reasons we must continue to closely follow public health advice and remain vigilant, before and after a phased vaccination programme begins to be rolled out, possibly as soon as December.
My wife Ann and I felt privileged on Remembrance Sunday to lay a poppy wreath at main town war memorials across Dumfries and Galloway constituency.
Starting at Dumfries War Memorial, outside St John's Church, we made our way to Stranraer, Newton Stewart, Kirkcudbright, Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas.
Remembrance and Armistice Days have a special place in the life of the constituency and I believe help highlight to younger generations the contribution made by so many to preserve the freedom we cherish today
I wish to thank all the Legion Scotland, Poppyscotland and other volunteers who helped organise the commemorations across the region which were scaled back as a Covid-19 precaution.
With Christmas approaching and a very different holiday in prospect, many readers are no doubt compiling their gift shopping list.
For that reason I would like to include a timely plug for our many local shops and businesses.
They offer an extensive range of goods and services and I know your custom will be greatly appreciated after such a challenging year.
My best wishes go to all those who work so hard to keep our local retail sector going during this challenging time.
I must also make special mention of Castle Douglas postmaster Colin Wilson, who worked above and beyond during lockdown, and has justifiably received a High Street Hero Award from the Scotland Loves Local campaign.