Has his heart in the right place
Sometime during this week, the United States will announce that it has administered at least one dose of vaccination to half the country’s population. As of May 24, 2021, 163 million Americans, or 49.2% of the total population, have taken at least one dose of the vaccination.
The impact of vaccinations on the nation’s COVID pandemic trajectory is evident. The number of Americans who lose their lives to the COVID virus has plunged closer to 500 a day. The last time we were at this level, was March 2020, and President Donald Trump told us that “with the heat, as the heat comes in, typically that will go away in April.”
The virus did not go away in April 2020; instead, it exploded under Trump’s watch. As caseload mounted across the country perching the United States at the top of the global COVID infection chart, Trump tried to divert attention with a baseless attack on Democratic governors. He said,
“If you take the blue states out, we’re at a level that I don’t think anybody in the world would be at.” — Donald Trump, September 2020.
The attack was divisive and aimed at diverting attention away from his administration’s failed COVID containment measures. When Trump made the statement, the blue states had 25% more deaths than the red states, mainly because of the COVID outbreak that devastated the Democrat-run heavily populated New York City.
Today, it is the Democratic Governors who are doing the heavy lifting, pushing the country closer and closer to herd immunity.
- Only four states run by Republican Governors are in the top 20 states by vaccination (at least 1 dose).
- Only three states run by Democratic Governors are in the bottom 20 (at least 1 dose).
- The worst performance award goes to Jonathon Tate Reeves, the Republican Governor of Mississippi, while the best performance award goes to the Republican Governor of Vermont, Phil Scott.
- By the time the United States hits the 50% vaccinated milestone, Vermont may be well above the 70% level. Vermont governor has made it clear that he wants his state to vaccinate 80% of Vermonters and he may be the first governor to get there. (Lead the way, Governor!)
The red states have administered one dose to 45% of the population living in their states, while blue states have administered one dose to 54%. Despite the additional population of 25 million people, democratic governors are now running a nine-point vaccination lead over republican governors
Members of the Republican party are actively confusing people about the need for vaccination.
- Why did Republican Senator Rand Paul make the announcement that he will not take the vaccine?
- Why did Florida Governor Ron Desantis ban vaccine passports when the Biden administration made it abundantly clear that there will never be a “federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential.”
- Why do Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump refuse to make their vaccine status public?
The party of Blue Lives Matter, Constitutional Originalists, and Law and Order is openly appreciating itself for encouraging rule breakers. The subtle cues that roll out of the Republican closet continue to slow down the country’s vaccination drive. Because of their actions or inaction, the vaccination gap between Democrat-run states and Republican-run states may widen over the next several months.
The Good News
The top ten states have administered at least one dose to 61.65% of the population, and the odds are looking extremely good for these ten states to breach the 70% mark by June 2021. Achieving the 70% vaccinated milestone may be difficult for some states, but it certainly does not look like an impossible task.
Top 10 States as of May 24, 2021
- Total Population: 38.79 Million
- At least one dose: 23.92 Million
- Share of population with at least one dose: 61.65%
Countries around the world are struggling to get their hands on vaccines partly because of the United States as it cleaned up the vaccine shelves, signing up contracts for more than a billion doses. After securing the contracts and at times paying more than other countries, the federal government kept its head down and nailed down the logistics of moving the vaccine around the country.
The United States has the capacity and logistics in place to administer 3 million doses in a day. A German company developed the Pfizer vaccine and yet the wealthiest nation in Europe is yet to administer 1.5 million doses in a day.
But despite all the hard work, it is such a shame that the federal government has run into politicians who, in the name of idealogy, are doing whatever they can to slow down the progress.
As a political party, no one is going to complain if they do not want to help the opposition. But to spread confusion, relentlessly attack Dr. Anthony Fauci, and subtly encourage anti-vaxxers, just because it will help them score a few talking points before the next election, is shameful and disgusting.