How did it happen that bureaucratically mired Great Britain is doing everything right and we are doing everything wrong?
Maybe it’s because they have the memory of what it is actually like to be at war.
Will we at least have the sense to follow as they show the way?
A couple of months ago, AstraZeneca was on track to be the first vaccine approved in the US, but then it had the misfortune to work better than expected, being more effective at a lower dose. Faced with this wonderful news, the FDA sent it back to Phase 3 testing, delaying it until April.
It is saving lives in Britain today.
Britain is prioritizing vaccination based on a straight maximum lives saved criteria. No favoritism, no politics, just saving lives.
The US, and Virginia in particular, is using the vaccine to pay off favored supporters and assuage white guilt, at the certain cost of tens of thousands of lives(many, of course, elderly Blacks)
As we discussed here, Britain is focusing on getting the first dose to as many possible as quickly as possible, rapidly reaching herd immunity and preventing serious outcomes for as many as possible as they go.
So, Britain is leading, will we at least have the brains to follow? What they are doing is going to work, and it is going to work very quickly. It will be clear by the beginning of February,maybe even sooner, that their fatalities and hospitalizations are plummeting.
At that point, will the FDA see the light, or will it insist on going down with its overcautious ship.
President Trump, if you are listening, it’s not too late for that drone strike.