The vaccine rollout in New York and other blue states has been an inept disaster. Governor Andrew Cuomo, true to form, decided to blame Orthodox Jews, ranting that the Parcare clinic in Brooklyn had dared to vaccinate a 79-year-old Rabbi ahead of “essential workers”. Meanwhile massive amounts of vaccine doses are being thrown out because they’re going bad because the essential workers they’re meant for, mostly minorities, don’t actually want them.
Democrats and their media are blaming President Trump for their botched vaccine rollout. They’re looking in the wrong place. The Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed got the vaccine done. The CDC then decided to issue guidelines that prioritized essential workers over the elderly for racial reasons.
And blue states went even further down the social justice rabbit hole.
But the problem with prioritizing racial minorities for the vaccine (aside from the moral and legal problems, there’s the practical problem) was that they were much less likely to want them.
The CDC and local health departments had developed and deployed a vaccination problem in their own ivory towers with no regard for the real world.
Not only were minorities less likely to want the vaccine, but so were people in rural areas. The whole vaccine rollout ignored actual demand and then ran into it anyway. That’s what usually happens with socialism.
All the media comparisons with Israel miss the point. Israel didn’t do any of the social justice nonsense. It started with people over 60, who had underlying conditions, or were health care workers. It had a list ready to go beforehand and began rolling it out to the people on the list.
(Whatever you think of the vaccine or the pandemic, that is the common sense way to do it.)
What did states like New York do? They had a convoluted set of intersectional guidelines meant to achieve social justice based on theoretical planning. And so the vaccine rollout is painfully slow. Had New York actually followed demand, outsourced vaccinations to CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and assorted supermarket pharmacies, the same way it’s done with flu vaccines, the pace, the efficiency and the rollout would have been dramatically different.
When a regime’s priorities are control, identity politics and social justice, then the implementation is inevitably a botched failure.