Biden coronavirus adviser says distribute vaccine globally as priority over Americans

Biden coronavirus adviser says distribute vaccine globally as priority over Americans
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[Ed. – This is such an overpoliticized way to make decisions. If we want to have the best priorities, vaccinate the old people first, and the people with higher risk (e.g., compromised immune systems, chronic respiratory and other problems), regardless of nationality. Then start in on the younger and healthier, minor children at the head of the line.]

Oncologist Dr. Zeke Emanuel, one of 10 advisory board members named to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus task force, has pushed the U.S. and other countries to not hoard a coronavirus vaccine.

Emanuel, who served as a key architect of the Affordable Care Act under the Obama administration, co-authored a paper in September in which he encouraged officials to follow the “Fair Priority Model,” which calls for a “fair international distribution of vaccine,” rather than what he and his co-authors characterized as “vaccine nationalism.”

The model allows the country that produces the vaccine to hold onto enough of a supply to keep the transmission rate below 1%, but says that beyond that, the vaccine should be distributed internationally. That means giving away or selling doses of the vaccine before it’s available to every citizen in that country, Emanuel explained to Scientific American.

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