Good afternoon, readers.
Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday. It’s safe to say he has his job for him.
Well before his inauguration, Biden had made it clear that he would deal aggressively with the COVID pandemic.
Just today, his first full day in office, the president announced more details on how the government hopes to provide more protective equipment for health workers to encourage reluctant Americans to get a COVID vaccine (at a cost of 100 million doses). administered in 100 days). ), and build the necessary infrastructure to achieve all those lofty goals. If you’re really bored, you can go through the nearly 200-page plan here.
Plans like these are, of course, for setting goals and shaping agendas. Sending a policy message during an outbreak is undoubtedly important, but whether it actually succeeds is a whole different story that will rely on the collaboration between private and public entities.
I actually had the pleasure of discussing some of these issues in our latest draft The Washington City Times Brainstorm podcast on vaccine rollout. The conversation focused on the data-related and technological shortcomings that led to the horribly low percentage of Americans receiving actual available doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to date.
It doesn’t put a damper on the many industries involved in this massive venture. The fact that we have viable vaccines even so quickly is astonishing.
But the supply chain bottlenecks and the issues with social messaging are real, and they will need to be addressed if we really want enough people in America to achieve herd immunity.
Read on for the news of the day and see you next week.