Sure. On a personal level it pissed me off to see Florida Republican Trumper Senator Marco Rubio jumping the line to get a Covid shot.
I’m 72 with underlying health issues. I’m not sure where my place in line is, but I know if it weren’t for Rubio’s privileged position as a U.S. senator, he wouldn’t be getting jabbed right now with a needle. And attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci while sitting there.
And the fact is that I will get my vaccine soon enough.
But that will provide limited safety.
To be really safe with the possibility of returning to pre-pandemic routines we need community immunity.
Dr. Fauci says that it may take a year or longer for enough people in the United States to be vaccinated to achieve community immunity.
I won’t be really safe until 90% of us are vaccinated.
Meanwhile, in typical first world fashion, the United States and the other wealthy nations have cornered the market on the vaccine.
Just over half (51%) of these doses will go to high income countries, which represent 14% of the world’s population, say the authors. Low and middle income countries will potentially have the remainder, despite these countries comprising more than 85% of the world’s population.
The thing is that global hoarding of the vaccine, like Marco Rubio jumping the line, won’t make us safer.
That’s why it’s called a pandemic.
We need to see community as a global thing.