Military: Vaccine rollout to fail under Trump

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Raw Story: On Monday, writing for The Daily Beast, former Army COVID-19 planner Kris Alexander warned that even if the new Pfizer vaccine proves to be safe and effect, that will only be the start, because “The incoming administration will inherit one of the most daunting challenges any president has ever faced: planning and executing a national mass-vaccination campaign in the middle of a global pandemic.”

One of the biggest problems, he warned, will be getting the vaccine into underserved rural areas.

“My home state of Texas is a great example,” wrote Alexander. “According to DSHS, 235 of Texas’ 254 counties were medically underserved. There were many isolated counties with little to no access to health care. Some even lacked a single doctor. This has been a crisis a long time in the making. As the Texas Observer recently noted, in 2019, Texas budgeted $17.7 million for infectious disease surveillance, prevention, and epidemiology — and over $400 million for border security. So even when a vaccine is delivered, it will be going to a state that is understaffed and underfunded.”

As an example, Alexander cited Lipscomb County, which has just over 3,300 people and zero doctors. At the tip of the Texas panhandle, it’s a 550 mile drive from Austin: “Portland, Maine, is a closer drive to Washington, D.C., than those 3,302 isolated souls.”

“To deploy the Pfizer vaccine or any other one, health planners will have to figure out a way to deliver it to rural areas while maintaining its required temperature long enough to ensure that the population receives both doses,” wrote Alexander. “This scene will be repeated all across small-town America. This presents a big risk: An uncoordinated federal roll out of vaccines requiring ultra-cold storage could leave state and local governments competing for resources much like they were competing for PPE earlier in the pandemic.”

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Is there a cut off for empathy ? If you try for an hour and a half to talk someone off a ledge and they jump anyway, how is that supposed to feel ?
    Further still, if we incentivize the “movement” that rationalizes the jumping off the ledge, and allow it to be free of financial restraint, and even give it money, how are we supposed to feel ?
    If the government felt it was wise and good, due to one person,… did that person have too much power ? What would a child do about that ? We will know the answer, because the first week of whoever is next, will either contain executive orders preventing this power, or keep it.

    • If one walks in the footsteps of jesus christ, there is no cutoff for empathy.

      How is it supposed to feel to watch our culture jumping off of a ledge? One has to process the emotion. We are in a similar predicament as the FSU was in 1990, as the old soviet state went into the ash heap of history. It took about 5 years for the man on the streets to work through his deer in headlights feeling. There may be analogies to our situation.

      The old corporate USA is on the ledge. Much emotional attachment has to be processed, as the social security number holders (we are all deemed as corporate units) are allowed to go down with the ship or heaved overboard.

      Your comment on executive powers was food for thought. America needs a committee of benign executives. What used to be taught in history class was that benign despots used to be the most efficient rulers, but now the world is too complex for anything less than a committee of benign managers. While it’s easy to form a committee, it seems to find benign competent people with unselfish motives is today’s challenge, witness the failings of the Committee of 300.

    • No one does it better; from guarding poppy fields in Afghanistan, to burning wheat fields in Syria,…be all you can be, in today’s US Army. God Bless our troops!