1) No rapid tests.
In Europe you can buy a packet of 14 rapid tests for COVID for a few dollars. In the United States, in contrast, you can’t even find rapid tests for COVID because so few of them have been approved by the FDA. It’s time to make these tests generally available to everyone to use in their homes to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2
2) Hospitals overwhelmed by COVID.
After 18 months of pandemic, hospitals and their staffs in many parts of the country are played out by treating an ongoing rush of COVID-19 patients. Many care providers are leaving medical careers due to burnout. Patients with other medical issues are having difficulty in obtaining normal care. In my own hospital there are 50 people lying in the emergency room waiting to get in the hospital at any point in time. If you want to “tough out” COVID-19 without a vaccine or monoclonal antibody treatment, please don’t come in to die at the hospital when you are in respiratory failure.
3) No approval for children
More people have received the MRNA COVID vaccines than any other vaccine in history. Bottom line: the vaccines are safe and effective. If only we had had this much information on polio or measles vaccines when they were approved. Let’s finish the review and get kids immunized.
4) Ongoing vaccine misinformation
My God, what an awful pack of lies is being propagated out there. The vaccine is NOT killing people. It is NOT making women sterile. It is STILL highly effective in preventing disease, hospitalization, and death. And by the way, Facebook, Fox News and CNN all have vaccine mandates despite what they are telling you to do.
5) Poor communication by public health leadership.
Over the past week the CDC Director Walensky denied over-ruling her expert panel (which she did), confused the public about the need for booster vaccines, and misstated the mortality risk in pregnant women from COVID-19. It is a gift to be able to speak simply about complex topics, and unfortunately it is not one that the CDC director received.