Texas reports difficulties in getting vaccine


“Bridger placed the onus for the lag in vaccinations squarely on Operation Warp Speed, the federal government’s public-private effort to speed the development and distribution of the vaccines. The state, she said, is dependent on allocations from the federal government.”

55 thoughts on “Texas reports difficulties in getting vaccine

  1. Paywalled for me, can’t read. My question is: How, exactly is the federal allocation program causing problems?


    1. San Antonio’s city manager says they are not receiving their allotted amounts.

      Here is the thing, however. Yes, the roll out is slow in many, if not most places. But it is a massive undertaking. And it is complicated by the raging surges that are overwhelming some healthcare systems.

      The feds over promised and under delivered, a classic SNAFU for any institution, public or private. And without at least some info from task force briefings or presidential pressers or anyone in charge, we are in the dark.

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      1. RE: “San Antonio’s city manager says they are not receiving their allotted amounts.”

        In other words, its a “he said/she said story.”

        Maybe the city manager doesn’t know that the allotments come in two parts: first dose, second dose. Second doses are being held in reserve until they are needed by the first-dose recipients.


          1. I think there is little reason to believe that the SNAFU — if it even exists — is significant.


          2. Probably in the long run. I think that when the administration touted 20 million by the end of the year, it set expectations way too high.

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  2. With staff leaving, cabinet secretaries resigning and an AWOL president, who is running the show?

    Biden takes over in 11 days, but the transition will be about 2 1/2 months behind. No big deal except that we are losing around 4,000 folks per day. About 1.2 per thousand Americans have died so far. Near the top of all countries.

    So there is some urgency one would think.

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    1. OWS is being run by a 4 star general and he isn’t going anywhere.

      In any case, what seems to be forgotten is that the Federal government cannot allocate doses not yet manufactured, and Pfizer is running behind.

      Of course, that could be remedied by releasing the AstraZenica vaccine as Britain has.

      Or by delaying the 2nd dose by a few weeks, as Britain has,

      But the FDA is more concerned with its playbook than saving lives.


      1. The distribution plan is being run by the 4-star.

        The federal government could have ( and probably should have) instituted the DPA on vaccine production as soon as it was proven safe and effective.

        You are more concerned with bashing the FDA then considering that this administration has screwed the pooch since February 2020 when a certain President told a certain author that he knew how bad it was but didn’t want to cause a panice.

        Yeah. It’s all the FDA’s fault.

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        1. The President marshaled the private sector to produce effective vaccines 5 years sooner than the FDA said was possible.

          There are two more vaccines, AstraZenica and J&J which from Phase 2 studies we know could be saving lives today.

          But the FDA and Governor Northam stand between you and those life saving vaccines, not President Trump.


          1. “The President marshaled the private sector to produce effective vaccines 5 years sooner than the FDA said was possible.”

            That is total nonsense. The vaccines that we are now distributing were not even developed in this country. The idea that pharmaceutical companies would not have rapidly responded to the biggest market opportunity in decades flies in the face of your faith in free enterprise. Not to mention, common sense.

            I have praised Trump’s AWS efforts before. It was the right thing to do. But now it has to be noted that it is failing in the only thing that was within its power – efficient and timely distribution. It missed its end of the year promises by about 85-90% and is still struggling to get it right.

            I would be interested in a cite other than some self-aggrandizing blather by Donald Trump that shows the truth of what you claim about what the FDA said about the need for five years. Do you have one or are you repeating what you heard him say?

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          2. That is true to some extent at least now.

            But were it not for the FDA’s overcaution, we would have enough vaccine to vaccinate to finish vaccinating everyone in a month and priority wouldn’t matter.

            And remember that our Governor does not have to follow those guidelines. and Texas, Florida, West Virginia, Colorado and other states have already followed the example of Britain and every other civilized nation in the world by vaccinating the most vulnerable first.


          3. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines were out of Phase 2 and ready for mass production and deployment last August. Astra Zenica last November and J & J as well.

            Phase 3 testing may be justified in testing a marginally better blood pressure medicine when there are plenty of good ones already available, but in the face of a raging pandemic, it is insanity.


          4. I am going by what the companies say they could do. Apparently these vaccines are not easy to produce quickly and reliably. And our country is not the only one in line for deliveries. So, I will stick by my remark. Made up facts are very convenient. The idea that we could have had everyone vaccinated in a month is nonsense. Even now the OWS cannot get the job done and millions of doses are sitting on shelves and spoiling.

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          5. The doses the Federal govt has withheld for 2nd doses will not spoil, but I agree they should be used.

            The doses in danger of spoiling are those sent to states but not used because their allocation schemes are too complex to be workable.


          6. Again, the states are attempting to follow the CDC policies, which in themselves are confusing. There is shared blame to go around here. But you ONLY blame those on the opposite side of the political divide.


          7. “The doses in danger of spoiling are those sent to states but not used because their allocation schemes are too complex to be workable.”

            Probably right. Which is evidence that punting on this phase of the solution – end point distribution – was maybe not the optimum approach for OWS to take. Biden talks about deploying a nationwide network of vaccination stations manned by the federal government. I hope he meets his goal of getting 100 million people vaccinated in his first 100 days. He is getting a fair amount of criticism for the idea of pushing out the first doses. He is betting on our ability to push production – maybe with the DPA – hard enough to get those second doses done in time to work as intended. We will see.

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        1. If Biden does indeed increase the availability of first dose vaccines, I will thank him for doing so. And if he abandons the idiotic race based allocation system in favor of ‘oldest first’ like the rest of the civilized world, I will praise that decision in every venue available to me.

          But talking and actually bucking the bureaucracy are two different things. Let’s see if he delivers.


          1. You talk a lot about high risk individuals that should be receiving the vaccines first. Hard to disagree with that (My father falls into the same category as you).

            However, the effects on the Black and Brown populations in this country has been very high. If you ONLY want the HIGH risk white folks to get the vaccine, it is you who is playing the race game.

            High risk population is high risk population, race excluded from the equation. If there is higher impact to a segment of society, why is it, in your view, they cannot be moved up?


          2. As I pointed out to Paul, the average risk for a 65 yo Black man is roughly equal to a 70yo White man, and well over 10 times the risk to the average ‘essential worker.’

            So, of course ALL elders should be vaccinated before younger ‘essential workers’ and race should have no part in the choice.

            Remember that more Black elders will die under the CDC plan than under oldest first. A lot more. And hospitals will remain stressed as long as the 65 to 75 age group is deferred, so people will die of other causes as a result of being crowded out.

            The CDC plan was a scheme to have a race based distribution without it being explicitly and unConstitutionally racial.


          3. “As I pointed out to Paul . . .”

            Again and again you ignore highly relevant facts that do not fit your preferred policy. So, once again, I will remind you that retirees are much more able to control their risk than people who MUST go to work. It is not pleasant self-isolating at home, but that unpleasantness does not outweigh the risk that others face by providing essential services. It is an area that can be argued either way, but putting essential workers near the front of the line is a rational approach and not the idiotic race-based nonsense that you claim it to be.

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          4. So, you are equating risk based on exposure alone, while ignoring that for the “essential worker” group, 9 times or more in 10 infection means 2 weeks out of work and less than 1 in 100 will die, where in the 65 to 75 group, most will need hospitalization and 1 in 20 will die.

            Risk of exposure is not all there is to risk.


          5. The point I am making is not all that hard to understand if you really, really try.

            I do not disagree that catching the virus is far more serious and deadly for those above 65. That is NOT the point. The point is that ZERO risk is less than some risk and those who are retired can organize their lives to have ZERO risk while those who MUST work are exposed to some risk which they CANNOT avoid.


          6. No, retirees cannot have zero risk. If they could, the hospitals would be empty. Perhaps retied millionaires can do so, or those with large, resourceful families, but for most retirees, zero risk is not possible,

            But even if you place zero value on the lives of the elders, reducing the burden on hospitals is more than enough reason to go with Oldest First, as Britain and the rest of the civilized world have done.


          7. Actually, no, I can’t.

            I live with my daughter and her husband and 2 kids here at the Compound. Both she and her husband work, he at the shipyard. The kids will be returning to school in February.

            So, no, I really can’t isolate.

            Nor should I have to, ass every medical indication, from fatality rate to hospital overcrowding points to an oldest first plan. as Britain and the rest of the civilized world are doing.

            Only the US is following a plan cooked up by woke bureaucrats seeking to address racial inequities by letting the elderly die.


          8. “So, no, I really can’t isolate.”

            I don’t buy that. You could isolate if need be. I can’t. My wife can’t. My son and his girlfriend can’t. My son-in-law can’t. A nice quiet room in a far corner of your home would suffice.

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          9. You try telling a 5 year old that you can’t kiss her goodnight.

            But again, this isn’t just about me.

            Our hospitals are so full of COVID patients that other problems go untreated. Thousands will die needlessly.

            Yeah, my survival is important to me, but so is yours and Len’s and all the others being sacrificed in the name of wokeness.


          10. “No, retirees cannot have zero risk.”

            Uh, yes they can. If your income is not from work but from your pension, social security and/or investments then you absolutely can self-isolate and have zero risk of exposure. The fact that so many have failed to do so and ended up dead is a product of Trump’s lies and failure to communicate how grave the risks are.

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          11. If you are very wealthy, you can have doctors come to you, but most old people have ongoing medical issues that force them to go to doctors offices.

            The same is true of shopping, especially in poor areas where online shopping and curbside pickup are not available.


        2. I do not know what “race based” allocation system you are referring to. Care to enlighten us?

          I do remember, though, how you have tried to explain away Donald Trump’s massive pandemic failures by blaming the apparent susceptibility of African-Americans to worse outcomes than others. Given that seems to be a fact that you accept, why shouldn’t that increased risk lead to a higher priority?


          1. OK, assuming you actually want to know.

            The CDC allocation system is in phases.

            Phase 1a is health care workers and nursing home residents.

            Phase 1b is people over 75 and “essential workers” which have not been specifically identified in Virginia but include ages 18 to 64. Pretty much anyone who doesn’t work from home might qualify, but the working group papers from the Virginia Central Command (yes, that is what it is called) center on service personnel like grocery store cashiers and school workers.

            Phase 1c is people between 65 and 75 plus other young people with complicating conditions.

            Placing Phase 1b ahead of people 65 to 75 is justified in part because minorities are over-represented among the loosely defined ‘essential workers’ and because white people are over-represented among people 65 to 75. It is supposed to offset the advantage white people have in living longer.

            I listened to the Fact and Faith Friday program and the State Director for Health Equity made it very clear it is race based and even suggested sending the vaccines first to Black churches for Phase 1c to further prefer minority access.


            Ironically, since most blacks over 65 are less than 75, many more Blacks will die under the CDC plan than would if we used ‘oldest first’ but I guess you have to break a few eggs when you set out to commit genocide.


          2. Well, thanks for your respectful reply.

            My reaction is that you are working very hard to find some race based grievance to grouse about. There is not actually a “race based allocation system” but only that the decision to put some essential workers ahead of some older people has that effect.

            And, that whatever problem you have with what Virginia is trying to do, it has almost nothing to do with Biden whose policy on vaccine distribution seems to be exactly what you have been advocating. So, trying to tie him to your race based gripes is a little bit Trumpish of you.

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          3. Where did I try to tie Biden the the CDC fiasco? I explicitly said I would praise the decision if he succeeds in restoring sanity to the roll out.

            In fact, I hope that as a Democrat he will be more free to take that choice since he doesn’t have to fight the presumption of racist intent.

            I hope he does the right thing, but I’m not holding my breath. Actions are what matter.

            The Fact and Faith Friday session was recorded and available on their Facebook page if you want to listen to it. The plan was justified explicitly on racial preference grounds(called ‘health equity’)


          4. Where did you tie Biden to the allocation system you find objectionable?

            Uh, it is a simple matter of English. You cannot “abandon” something that you do not have. The clear implication of your phrasing is that Biden has some sort of ” idiotic race based allocation system” that he ought to abandon.

            As for how “idiotic” it is, I find that to be a gross oversimplification. People over 65 – whether white or black – typically do not face the necessity of risking themselves to do the essential work that we all need to survive. So, it is entirely arguable that people who DO have to expose themselves should have a priority over those who can wait. Your preference for a strictly age-based criteria does not make other ideas “idiotic.”

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          5. I did not tie Biden in any way to the idiotic CDC plan. He had nothing to do with it and he is inheriting that monstrosity. The question is whether he will be able to, or want to, buck the bureaucratic inertia.

            Remember that there are two parts to risk in disease. The risk of being infected and the risk of a bad outcome.

            Certainly the ‘essential workers’ have a higher risk of becoming infected. but on average, they are 10 times less likely to have a bad outcome. And that is true elderly Blacks as well as elderly Whites.

            Generally speaking, the average risk of a bad outcome for a 65 yo Black man might be comparable to the risk for a 70 yo White man, but both are at much greater risk than a 25 yo.

            So, trying to offset the higher risk of infection for a young ‘essential worker’ by allowing older people of any race to become infected is insane. Risking missing a couple of week work is not the same as risking dying alone on a ventilator. But that is the effect of giving ‘essential workers’ priority over retirees.


          6. I accept that you did not intend to lay the “idiotic race base policies” on Biden. However, that is exactly what your words implied.

            The risk of being infected is just about zero for a retiree who keeps himself socially distanced. As I have done since March 17, 2019. It is a lot more than zero for a 45 year old whose economic survival requires that he interact with lots of people every day. This dimension of the issue is not hard to understand if you want to.

            Reasonable people can disagree, but not agreeing with you is almost never “idiotic.”


  3. Huh??? Op warp speed BROUGHT YOU these vaccines. Enough production in such a short time can be problematic when literally everyone wants one NOW!! What are you bellyaching about? Seriously!!

    Thank you President Trump!!!


    1. How many of those vaccines were developed in the US? They may have been in partnership with American companies, but the development was mostly conducted by FOREIGN companies.

      I’ll thay IT when IT is out office wither by 25th Amendment, Impeachment or resignation.


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