Pandemic problems that cannot be solved by the promoters
But fully vaccinated healthy people in “high-risk” occupations, meaning they have a higher chance of being exposed to the virus, don’t necessarily have a higher risk of getting sick even if they catch the virus. That’s the whole point of vaccination – so you don’t get sick even if you’re exposed to the virus.
But work “has a risk” risk definition. There is a federal requirement for health care workers to be vaccinated, and many schools require staff and eligible students to be vaccinated. Here’s the weird thing: when you’re completely vaccinated, you’re in a “risky” job mostly because your colleagues or others who come to your door can’t or won’t be vaccinated. Get them vaccinated, and you’re no longer in a dangerous job!
That’s why it’s hard for the CDC. The ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) does not think that healthy people, no matter where they work, need booster doses to protect themselves. Protection from vaccines against serious diseases and hospitalization remains high in all age groups. And even if an augmentation dose could further increase antibody levels, it’s unclear if that’s necessary to protect against severe COVID-19, and if that would reduce the virus.
We know that some people have not yet gone through the first course of vaccination. Is it fair to offer boosters, if we haven’t already vaccinated completely everyone who wants a shot in the US?
Booster doses don’t do much if we still have a lot of pockets of unconverted people. These people need our urgent attention. Resources are needed to have community outreach to bring vaccines to those who are unable to retire from work, or live in many less-established neighborhoods where they do not have access to news or reliable scientific information.
There is already a shortage of nurses, pharmacists, and community health workers today. Do we have the resources to plan booster doses and get there yet to be completed?
Can you tell us how the ethical photo shifted from the last time we spoke in January? Is the management of Biden promise to donate half a billion more vaccines change calculus?
Disappointingly that more than 18 months after the pandemic was declared, we still haven’t reached what I call solidarity in the relationship, for the global community to work together to improve the welfare of the many, to ensure that nothing is left behind. Donation is better than nothing, but the poorest countries are left at the mercy of the richest countries. Many of Pfizer’s 500 million doses won’t arrive until late next year. If it is urgent for Americans with the best access to health care to be vaccinated as soon as possible, or also get a booster dose, in what way can next year be considered acceptable? This means that many people in the poorest countries do not get their first shot until more than 18 months after the United States gives the first dose.
The diversity we make and allow is just intimidating. And the Pfizer vaccine requires special refrigeration, so the poorest countries without the capacity for storage and management may still not be able to benefit. To solve supply chain issues, we need to provide capacity and have manufacturing factories for various vaccines spread around the world. Pharmaceutical companies are needed with drug companies in the southern world to do that. It also helps to ensure that the shots can be adapted for local variations quickly.