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But over the last few weeks, as vaccination has become a top priority, the pattern has changed. Progressive leaders in much of the world are now struggling to distribute coronavirus vaccines quickly and efficiently:
Europe’s vaccination rollout “has descended into chaos,” as Sylvie Kauffmann of Le Monde, the French newspaper, has written. One of the worst performers is the Netherlands, which has given a shot to less than 2 percent of residents.
Canada (at less than 3 percent) is far behind the U.S. (about 8.4 percent).
Within the U.S., many Democratic states — like California, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and tiny Rhode Island — are below the national average. “The parts of the country that pride themselves on taking Covid seriously and believing in government are not covering themselves in glory,” The Times’s Ezra Klein has written.
Alaska and West Virginia have the two highest vaccination rates among U.S. states, with Oklahoma and the Dakotas also above average. Globally, Israel and the United Arab Emirates have the highest rates. Britain — run by Boris Johnson, a populist Conservative — has vaccinated more than 15 percent of residents.
A common problem seems to be a focus on process rather than on getting shots into arms. Some progressive leaders are effectively sacrificing efficiency for what they consider to be equity.
The European Union has taken a ponderous, risk-averse approach that tries to avoid upsetting its member countries, Kauffmann points out. Similarly, many U.S. states have delegated decisions to local health officials and have suffered from “confusion and competition among localities,” William Galston of the Brookings Institution has written. State leaders in Alaska and West Virginia have taken a more top-down approach, Elaine Povich of Stateline has reported.
Some blue states have also created intricate rules about who qualifies for a vaccine and then made a big effort to keep anybody else from getting a shot. These complicated rules have slowed vaccination in both California and New York.
Honestly, you're one of the most naive person I have ever come across, you unapologetically broadstroke and regurgitate leftwing talking points.
originally posted by: darkbake
I think there is some substance to this view. I have noticed this trend myself. Maybe Dems try to micromanage too much. I know communists micromanage too much and don't let people be free to pursue their own interests.
Both sides have problems dealing with COVID19. Conservatives think it's fake, refuse to wear masks, and congregate en-masse in their churches (even though the Bible warns against congregating during an epidemic).
Muslims in Iran flocked to healing shrines in hot zones to lick them en-mass, spreading the disease in the process.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: Subaeruginosa
The UK started with their elders and essentials and went on down the line from there.
The main pre-occupation is that the elderly are too white, so they worry that BIPOC communities will remain underserved and undervaccinated, but the conclusion, even from the writer of the piece is that maybe the equity rules are actually costing more time and lives than they're saving. That simply vaccinating top down, even if it appears to be unfair to the underserved would actually end up serving them faster in the end than the bureaucratic boondoggles the lefter governments are creating attempting to sift and sort and make sure every person is in their proper and fair place in line, no exceptions.