The US is 'sink' in the pool of COVID-19 vaccines and questions to be dealt with due to excess

The US may be about to "swim" in the pool of COVID-19 vaccines, and the transition from scarcity to excess of vaccines also poses its own problems.

A vaccination site against COVID-19 in Frisco, Texas, USA. Photo: THX
A vaccination site against COVID-19 in Frisco, Texas, USA. Photo: THX

In two months, the US can "swim" in a vaccine. That's how to say pictures. Because with 500 million doses of vaccine provided, each dose from 0.3-0.5mm, the total amount of vaccine that the US is about to receive can fill a swimming pool with a capacity of 208,175 m3.

It is hard to imagine that the current scene of people rushing to call, schedule, and queue to get vaccinated will soon be over. The US is moving from a position of scarcity to an oversupply of vaccines.

According to Andy Slavitt, a senior White House adviser who tracks the COVID-19 Response Team, it's not so much a sudden, global shift but rather in the form of a gradual reduction in scarcity, with varying degrees of severity. corresponding to each population. This trend has emerged and it is something that regulators in the US need to take care of.

When the supply is abundant, it is increasingly urgent to convince those who are hesitant and reluctant to vaccinate. Because if not, that vaccine surplus will destroy the ability to bring America out of the pandemic. According to some experts, only about 18% of Americans have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and a vaccine surplus will appear as early as next month in some areas. Then the challenge will start to emerge, with more work to be done, incl.

Broadcast standard messages about vaccination: The most accessible group is the number of people who do not want to be vaccinated, because they hesitate to make an appointment. According to Christopher Morse, a health communications specialist at Bryant University in Rohode Island, to solve this bottleneck, it is necessary to accelerate the communication message: vaccination is "quick, easy and free". Having to let people see that making a vaccination appointment is not difficult, everything is as simple as ordering a cup of coffee.

Vaccination against COVID-19 in Rhode, USA. Photo: AFP
Vaccination against COVID-19 in Rhode, USA. Photo: AFP

A message like "America has tons of vaccines" would be misleading, because it would lead people to believe that, without rushing, they could continue to delay vaccination against COVID-19. For those who don't vaccinate due to lack of time, the message should focus on the value and meaning of doing this, like "Get vaccinated so you can have an Easter holiday with your family".

Value Community Health Centers: For the majority of vulnerable Americans, these centers are reliable, accessible facilities that play a vital role in health care. vaccination vaccination. Some places have noticed this area, but efforts need to be expanded further as the proportion of people being vaccinated increases, thereby making the number of hesitations and hesitations become more and more obvious.

In Orange County, California, the local government has sent eight mobile vaccination teams, specialized in going to homeless management centers, prisons, or other hard-to-reach communities. This mobile team travels in light trucks, does not need to be pre-booked and will give injections to anyone present at their destination.

According to Dr. Rebecca Weintraub, Director of the Global Health Supply Project at Harvard University, right now, it is necessary to prepare such "end-to-end" vaccination service delivery channels to have can help vulnerable communities get vaccinated. For example, most likely, vaccination points will be set up at food banks.

The role of the employer: It is unlikely that Americans will be forced to get vaccinated. According to Michelle Mello, a law professor and medical law expert at Stanford University, it makes no sense for an employer to force employees to get vaccinated. This situation cannot be enforced, when so far all three vaccines used in the US are under new emergency use authorization, there is not enough data to confirm who is vaccinated. less likely to spread the disease to others.

As a result of this fact, employers tend to view vaccination as encouraging, rather than mandatory. Anyone can benefit from voluntary actions. For example, if a worker goes in for a vaccination, employers can be flexible about giving him the next day off, Mello said.

Dealing with vaccine surplus: If there is a vaccine surplus in the end, what should the US do? According to many experts, transferring to other countries in need is the right solution. There are two reasons why the US may choose this solution.

From a medical perspective, epidemics have no borders. If COVID-19 continues to spread strongly outside, America will not be safe either. From a political perspective, 94% of high-income countries have implemented vaccination programs against COVID-19; In contrast, only 4 out of 29 low-income countries in the world open this vaccination campaign. If the US keeps vaccines in stock, Russia and China will jump in to fill the gap, providing vaccines manufactured by these two countries to other countries.

According to Kelly Moore, deputy director of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), a nonprofit organization in the US, helping countries is not only a way for the US to score political points, but also to protect the American people from an attacker. insidious enemies like SARS CoV-2. Because this virus will fully take advantage of the time when the US relaxes its vigilance, or allows many people around the world to travel freely when they are still not protected by a vaccine.

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