How to beat the pandemic by summer

How to beat the pandemic by summer
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[Ed. – Another country weighs in. The AstraZeneca vaccine will be approved here when it’s ready for approval. And giving our first shots without a certainty that a second shot is waiting in the wings is lunacy. Trusting the supply chain is a fool’s errand.]

1. Authorization: Approve the AstraZeneca vaccine

“The first out-of-the-box thing I’d do right now is release the AstraZeneca vaccine,” Hotez told me.

The U.S. is sitting on tens of millions of doses of the vaccine developed by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and researchers at the University of Oxford. The vaccine has been authorized for emergency use in the U.K. and the European Union. …

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2. Supply: First Doses First

Even in the absence of AstraZeneca approval, stretching supply immediately could save thousands of lives.

… The idea isn’t to deprive people of second shots, but to give first shots to as many people as possible right now and then trust the supply chain to replenish so that states can deliver second shots in a timely manner.

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