Too many eggs in the wrong basket

Too much reliance on vaccines over therapeutics

The Biden administration’s obsession with coercing vaccines will cost lives in early 2022 as an inadequate supply of Paxlovid results in unnecessary deaths.

With 35 million Americans over 65, and millions more younger with weakened immunity, only 10 million courses were ordered, guaranteeing a shortfall as Omicron sweeps through the population regardless of immune status.

Further supplies will have to wait while other orders by other nations are filled.

Of course, we wouldn’t have this problem if drug store chains were doing the ordering instead of the government. At least one of the many chains would have guessed right and preordered enough to meet the demand, at market prices, of course.

So, now the elderly will have to go back into seclusion ordering their groceries and hiding in their homes to delay infection until the shortfall is relieved.

We should never have trusted government with anything related to our health.  As Milton Freidman warned, “If you put the government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there would be a shortage of sand.”

16 thoughts on “Too many eggs in the wrong basket

  1. In the hard hit states, like Indiana where vaccination rates are around 52%, it is still mostly the unvaccinated filling hospitals to crisis levels.

    We can chew gum and walk at the same time you know.

    BTW, good thing we didn’t buy into Merck’s pill immediately.

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    1. In Indiana, it’s still largely Delta. With Omicron, if you are old, it really doesn’t make all that much difference if you are vaccinated or not.

      Vaccines were vital to buy time, but in the long term, therapeutics were the answer.

      Now we are at the point where we can live with COVID, much as we do with the seasonal flu. but only because for high risk people, we have in-office testing and Tamiflu.

      Paxlovid, and similar therapeutics to come, will make it possible to live with COVID as an annoyance and not a threat.

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      1. I don’t disagree that rapidly shape shifting viruses are a problem. And vaccine technology may have to improve. We have already rushed through vaccines and therapeutics at rates unheard of, or even thought possible.

        A country of 333 million is never going to turn on a dime. And no matter what we accomplish, tens of millions think Italian satellites and Bill Gates are trying to kill them.

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  2. New day. Same worn out tune.

    A shortage of a particular drug may develop and it is all Biden’s fault. The government ordered ONLY 10 million doses six weeks ago and should have ordered more. Shame on them.

    This is typical of your evidence-ignoring polemics. Let’s review some facts you ignore.

    1. The purchase of 10 million doses was closed in mid-November many weeks before the manufacturer had even submitted a request for an Emergency Authorization from the FDA.
    2. The current driver of the pandemic – the Omicron variant – was first identified in South Africa that same week. And nothing was known about it at the time.

    3. The manufacturer cannot instantly fill the huge orders of your imagination. According to your source, they will be able to deliver only about 180K treatments by the end of this year. And ramping up production is slow.

    The overwhelming majority of Covid deaths are now being caused by the fools who refuse safe and effective vaccination. Either directly by dying themselves or indirectly by providing a safe haven for viruses to be spread to others. That is a fact. And no hindsight required.

    You people can try to shift that blame to President Biden until you turn blue. That is a dog that will not hunt.

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    1. The Paxlovid study was stopped at the end of October and the request for the EAU was submitted Nov 16. The order for 10 million courses should have been for 50 million if it was to come from government. Yes, it will take time to get it, but now we will have to wait until other countries orders are satisfied before we can get the remaining 40 million we need.

      Better, the orders should have come from CVS, Ride Aide and other pharmacy chains, but instead of having an adequate supply, at a cost, we will have an inadequate supply for “free” which will be very costly when you are dying on a ventilator.

      Biden had the chance to get it right, he didn’t.

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      1. Biden did everything wrong, but Trump did everything right. Yeah, sure.

        On this particular slander, you have the advantage of hindsight (omicron did not even exist when the order was being determined) and you completely ignore the fact that the manufacturer cannot fill an order of 10 million so the hypothetical order of 50 million is moot.

        Like I said originally. . . New day, same worn out tune.

        By the way, the idea that for-profit companies would ever commit $30 Billion for an unproven drug that may or may not be sellable is absurd.

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        1. Had Biden made the order for 50 million courses, then it would have been filled as supplies became available, Now, once we have the 10 million, we have to wait until Britain and Europe and the better off countries in the Mid-East and South America’s order are filled before we get another one.

          No, Trump did not do everything right, but at least when he bought vaccines that hadn’t been made yet, he bought enough for about a third of our needs from each potential maker with an option for more. That option protected us from a situation like what we face now.

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        1. “. . . for the elderly, vaccination doesn’t seem to make much difference.”

          Utterly and laughably FALSE.

          The fact that the elderly can suffer breakthrough infections does not negate the benefits that vaccinations provide in preventing infection and in mitigating the damage when they occur.

          https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7032e3.htm

          As to prioities in a triage situation, that is a matter of opinion. Age is certainly one reasonable approach. However, I disagree. I believe in personal responsibility and people accepting the consequences of their choices. There is no freer choice than the choice to refuse vaccination.

          Say a doctor has ONE miracle drug on hand. He faces a choice – a 45 year old who got vaccinated but fell ill and a 65 year old who refused and fell ill. Both are seriously ill. I say, give it to the responsible party and, maybe, pray for the older fool. If both have been vaccinated THEN give it to the older patient who has less chance to survive without it.

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          1. First, your article is from August, long before Omicron emerged, The usefulness of vaccination was unarguable then, but now there is little evidence that for older people it makes any difference.

            When you start applying moral judgement in health care you are going down a dark road. At the least, you have to look at the whole picture.

            Does your 45 year old smoke? Ride a motorcycle? Ski? Have you checked their browser history? Is either a pedophile?

            When you start making medical decisions based on non-medical considerations, you are playing God and you don’t have the credentials for that.

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          2. “but now there is little evidence that for older people it makes any difference.”

            That is baloney. The evidence is that vaccination and boosters make a huge difference across all age groups.

            https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/12/22/1066315800/the-vaccines-work-against-severe-disease-heres-why-boosters-are-still-a-good-ide

            You can call my preference a “moral judgment” if that floats your boat, but most people’s idea of fairness involves some degree of personal responsibility.

            As for “playing God,” you seem to have ZERO problem denying ANY healthcare to people who cannot pay for it or who chose not to be insured so you can step down off your high horse. The ability to pay is also a “non-medical consideration.”

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          3. The NPR article is highly speculative.

            Perhaps because they were trying to over-simplify, it has a lot of rubbish in it. You can’t “train” antibodies. They are what they are. You can develop a greater variety of antibodies over time, as less common antigens are detected and perhaps that is what they mean, but it doesn’t tell me much.

            Believe me, I would like to have confidence my initial vaccination and full strength booster have me protected but I really see little support for that in the Omicron data so far.

            Ability to pay determines how safe neighborhood you live in, how safe a car you drive and how safe a school your children attend. How is the level of health care you receive different?

            However,

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          4. I grant you that the NPR link that I found in about 20 seconds after seeing your obviously bogus claim is a news article and not a medical journal report. However, it reports the key findings of studies done so far – vaccination reduces the damage done by omicron infection across all age groups.

            “How is the level of health care you receive different?”
            That is for you to explain from your high horse. In castigating my preference for treating the vaccinated first you asserted the principle that making medical decisions based on non-medical considerations is “playing God.”

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