The vaccines are here. Sort of. With FDA plans to approve a second brand of inoculations, a historic immunization drive is underway. But amidst distribution snags and limitations on supply, not everyone can get that potentially life-saving shot in this initial phase.
So, as caseloads spike, who gets the holiday gift of immunization?
A CDC advisory group says the priority should be given to health care workers and those in nursing homes. But who goes next? Should authorities focus on the elderly and those with comorbidities; people most vulnerable from an infection? Or, should it go to “essential workers,” a loosely-defined term which the CDC recognizes as close to 70% of the American workforce, to shore up supply chains and critical services? An intense lobbying effort is underway, as well as... a debate. So... we thought we’d examine it, as well as what’s in store in the pandemic’s next chapter as the roll-out gets underway. To help us do that, our host and moderator John Donvan talks with Dr. Larry Brilliant, a renowned epidemiologist, chairman of the board of Ending Pandemics, and among the doctors who helped defeat smallpox... with a vaccine.