Source Title: why is it difficult for ordinary people to get so many vaccines in the United States?
Recently, the chaos of vaccination in the United States has been frequently exposed: frequent breakdown of reservation websites in many places, busy appointment telephone lines, long queues at vaccination sites; elderly people queuing up all night, but some of the non priority groups are lucky enough to have an easy vaccination; vaccines fail due to temperature control problems during transportation;
As a result, the progress of new crown vaccination in the United States can not keep up with the plan, and the vaccination of ordinary people is even more hindered. The U.S. government originally planned to vaccinate 20 million people by the end of December last year, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data showed that as of December 23, more than 41 million doses of vaccine had been distributed and about 20.54 million doses had been vaccinated. A recent survey in the United States shows that more than half of the respondents believe that the progress of new crown vaccination in the United States is too slow.
In contrast to the lagged progress of vaccination, there are plenty of vaccines in the United States;. According to data from Duke University’s Center for global health innovation, the UK and the US are the countries that have ordered the most vaccines in the world. According to the above data analysis, the US media said that if all the vaccines purchased can be delivered, the UK and the US can vaccinate the public four times. The supply is abundant, but the demand of ordinary people is difficult to meet. What is the reason for the contradiction between the two?
First of all, there is a clear confusion in the management and organization of vaccination in the United States. Scott Gottlieb, former director of the U.S. Food and drug administration, said in an interview recently that there are problems in the distribution and vaccination process of the new vaccine in the United States. He called on U.S. public health officials to “press the restart button” and adopt new methods to vaccinate Americans faster.
At present, vaccines in the United States are first transported to the states by the federal government, and then the States formulate their own vaccination standards. However, due to the lack of coordination and preparation, local health departments, hospitals and other suppliers are unable to respond effectively. The US “Wall Street Journal” website published an observation report on the 17th that “the new crown vaccine is stuck in the last step”, listing many vaccination problems, such as people’s long queues and exploding appointment calls. Most officials have no idea how the national plan will be implemented locally, the report quoted interviews as saying. Some public health officials believe that the federal government has not done enough to ensure the success of the last mile distribution.
Secondly, there is a class gap in American society, and the powerful class gives priority to the ordinary people. Compared with ordinary people’s “hard to get” vaccination, the powerful class in the United States are scrambling to “jump in the queue” to get the vaccine. Some congressmen showed pictures of themselves vaccinated, and some privileged people who claimed to be “related” received unplanned vaccinations.
In fact, the new crown pandemic has further exacerbated social inequality in the United States. On the one hand, the ethnic minorities and the poor are the hardest hit by the epidemic, and lack of dual health and economic security; on the other hand, the rich with good medical conditions enjoy the income from rising assets. Obviously, the aggravation of economic inequality will accelerate the consumption of social trust.
Thirdly, there is a lack of trust in the vaccine and the government. Time magazine recently pointed out that as the government is gradually losing the trust of the public, a large number of Americans keep a wait-and-see attitude towards vaccination. In some groups in the United States, the “conspiracy theory” against vaccines has been spreading all the time. In this atmosphere, the realization of universal vaccination may have a long way to go.
According to a recent public opinion survey released by Pew Research Center, in 2020, the American public’s trust in the federal government has reached its lowest point in history. Up to 80% of the adults surveyed said they did not believe in the federal government, and 14% of them were angry at the government’s actions. The recent vaccination storm may further overdraw the trust of the American people in the government, and the fragile credibility of the government will harm the interests of the American people.