OK, let’s make Biden a hero. He has the power to end the COVID Emergency in a month. There will still be a COVID Problem, but deaths will decline dramatically and hospitals will be unburdened.
But that requires having enough vaccine and using it efficiently.
The Astra Zenica Vaccine was ready to deploy 6 weeks ago but researchers accidentally discovered that it was even more effective with an adjustment in the dose. Instead of going with that, the FDA sent it back to do Phase 3 testing all over again. Meanwhile. the vaccine is saving lives around the world. Similarly, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is known to exceed the requirements for efficacy and safety, we don’t need to wait another 2 months to find out by how much. Get them both into the game.
Next, the Phase 1b deployment by occupation is incredibly complex and subject to cronyism. It is the reason vaccines sit unused in freezers. Follow the rest of the civilized world and vaccinate oldest first, which is simple, and fast.
Even without the AZ and J&J vaccines, vaccinating everyone over 65 could be accomplished in 6 weeks, with them in less than a month. So, Biden can be a hero by February, but if he allows himself to be hampered by the FDA’s over caution and the CDC’s wokeness, he will fail spectacularly as the more contagious mutations spread through the Spring and hospitals are crushed.
Brent Orrell from American Enterprise Institute provides a lucid answer to the question. “Was the 4 years of T**** worth what little was gained.” (My question, not a quote from anyone else.)
“Points for effort but the books don’t balance. The price tag of the Trump presidency exceeds its value exponentially. The tax cuts, deregulation, judicial appointments, executive orders, and cultural counter-offensives (“he fights”) are trinkets compared to the way he has undermined the values and norms required to sustain the rule of law and the constitutional order. These shiny objects were used to distract, mollify, and provide justification for America’s closest brush with authoritarian government since 1789.”
I have posed this question here previously and the platitudes directed toward T**** wrt this have been weak, at best.
“Alternative facts” is a cute name for a very ugly thing – the technologically enhanced and systematic spreading of lies and disinformation. Voltaire’s famous aphorism is spot on – “If you can make someone believe absurdities you can make them commit atrocities.”
There is no better recent example than the absurdity that Donald Trump won the recent election in a landslide but victory was stolen from him. Millions of people have been made to believe absurdity this and the atrocity of an assault on Congress followed from it.
The problem is clear. The solutions are not easy or obvious but we must find them. On social media, various studies have found that the overwhelming bulk of disinformation originates in relatively few but very popular sources. Trump’s feed is an obvious example, but there are others. Begin there with stricter control over lies and incitements.
Beyond that I would suggest a return of the “Fairness Doctrine” in any media outlet that in any way relies on public resources. If the purveyors of lies knew that every lie would have to be matched with the opposite, there would be less incentive for those who finance these disinformation efforts to do so. Imagine the difference in our body politic if Fox News and Talk Radio actually were “fair and balanced” instead of being the mother lode of lies.
Thank you Trump and your fans for turning DC into and armed camp. Some of those same jokers dressed up in full military gear smeared with gang colors to parade around the Richmond Capitol. These are terrorist organizations as listed by the FBI. ISIS wannabes without the courage.
Seditious shitheads need a safe space to spread their nonsense and hatch their plots. After Amazon and Apple decided that “Enough is enough” sedition and lies on Parler and pulled the plug, Russia steps up to ensure that these shitheads will not be silenced. I guess Putin is dedicated to protecting the “Marketplace of ideas.”
Magic Mitch is already starting his amnesia tour. For four years he sat there while lies, misinformation and deceit flowed from the Oval Office. NOW he blames the instigator-in-chief for January 6th. And overlooks that some of the “others” he is referring to are sitting on his side of the aisle in the Senate Chamber.
Anyone surprised by that; stand on your head. (Compliments of COL Henry Blake, CO, MASH 4077)
Mitch, you got your judges. But that cold have happened with ANY Republican president.
Gee, aren’t we lucky to have a doctor for our governor.
I have seen no solid explanation for the miserable performance of our Dept of Health, but I have been hearing that many people are being told to expect vaccination through clinics set up by their employers. I suspect the delay is that while giving lip service to including those over 65, the vaccines are simply not being sent to clinics where they can apply for them and instead are being funneled still to the non health care ‘essential workers’ through an incredibly complex distribution plan that leaves vaccine sitting in freezers waiting for these employer based clinics to materialize.
If anyone else has better info I would like to hear it. There is no good reason for more than 2/3rds of the vaccine delivered to Virginia to sit in freezers while people die.
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