Call me skeptical
Sunday, December 20, 2020
I've followed the emergence and unfolding of the pandemic for nearly a year now. I first became aware that a pandemic might be in the making between Christmas 2019 and New Year's Day 2020.
With the second vaccine shipping out today in the United States I see pronounced timelines of vaccinations for all continuing to slide. Not surprised. These pronouncements have been met with skepticism on my part from the get go.
So, although the earlier pronouncements that the general public could expect to be vaccinated by spring/summer have now given way to pronouncements that we can expect such a situation by summer/fall, I'm still hearing and reading reports that the expectation is that 20,000,000 (yes ... that's 20 million) folks are expected to be vaccinated by December 31, 2020.
What planet are these folks living on?
How tenuous is their grip on reality?
The skeptic in me says: No way! That ain't happenin'.
It's been a week since the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was rolled out in the United States. We've managed to vaccinate roughly 250,000 folks.
So, is it realistic to expect that between now and year's end we'll manage to vaccinate 80 times as many folks each week over the next 11 days to meet that 20 million mark?
I think not.
It's taken the State of California essentially 11 months to test 29,112,249 folks for covid-19. Our health care professionals are fighting to save the lives of those crushing our hospitals with no 'cavalry' coming to support their efforts.
So, who is it that's going to get 20 million folks vaccinated in 11 days when it's taken the most populous state in the nation 11+ months to administer 29 million covid-19 tests?
I know. I know. Testing and vaccinating are not the same thing. And, nationwide many more covid-19 tests have been administered. I'm simply using the state in which I live for comparison's sake.
I expect the PPE to support the vaccination efforts may be a challenge since adequate PPE supplies to support the frontline health care efforts remains challenging.
Let's be real okay ...
Okay, I've vented.
Moving right along ...
Fog is lifting as the sun pushes through. Cedar waxwings have graced us with the presence this morning and I hear the white-crowned sparrows signing away. It was flocks of geese heard flying overhead in yesterday morning's fog that brought a smile to my face.
Happy to have the birds still present in my life ...