What is happening now, and what needs to be done with vaccine rollout?

PBS Newshour 8 minutes. President Biden says we need a wartime approach to the pandemic? When can we get vaccinated? I got my first shot on January 21 – Moderna. I was very, very lucky, and feel some survivor guilt that I got mine ahead of people a lot older and sicker.

To look a little deeper at the Biden administration’s plan for the pandemic and just how steep a hill it has to climb, I’m joined now by Dr. Michael Osterholm. He runs the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, and he recently served on the Biden team’s Coronavirus Advisory Board.

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I have been listening to Dr. Osterholm’s weekly podcast, The Osterholm Update Covid-19, since soon after it started in March 2020. He speaks to the audience very personally and is understandable. Focuses on current topics. About 1 hour each.

Links to my blog posts

Vaccine Rollout – States Vary Widely, From a Big Mess to Few Problems Updated 1-22-21

I wrote this post on December 26, 2020, when the CDC released its proposal for vaccine distribution – When can you get a Covid vaccination? Your state decides.

There is a conflict between older people who are much more likely to die and essential workers of all ages who are exposed to the virus when working. The CDC included both groups in each phase, with 75+ given priority over 65+ to 74. Risk increases dramatically as you get older. See the table below.

Opening vaccinations on January 13 to all 65+ persons instead of 75+ was a very big mistake in many California counties and in other states. Essential workers are not included.

My Personal experience getting an appointment (Updated 1-22-21)

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