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The Intelligence Briefing: UP FOR DEBATE: The Elderly vs. The Essential

IQ2US Staff
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
In this blog post, we’re focus big on vaccines: Who gets priority? Which nations have it? And who should get the credit?  Then, of course, we bring you your reading list.
 
Enjoy.
 
Up for Debate: The Elderly vs The Essential
 
The vaccines are here. Sort of. With FDA plans to approve a second brand of inoculations, a historic immunization drive is underway. But amidst distribution snags and limitations on supply, not everyone can get that potentially life-saving shot in this initial phase. 
 
So, as caseloads spike, who gets the holiday gift of immunization?  
 
A CDC advisory group says the priority should be given to health care workers and those in nursing homes. But who goes next? Should authorities focus on the elderly and those with comorbidities; people most vulnerable from an infection? Or, should it go to “essential workers,” a loosely-defined term which the CDC recognizes as close to 70% of the American workforce, to shore up supply chains and critical services? An intense lobbying effort is underway, as well as... a debate. So... we thought we’d examine it, as well as what’s in store in the pandemic’s next chapter as the roll-out gets underway. To help us do that, our host and moderator John Donvan talks with Dr. Larry Brilliant, a renowned epidemiologist, chairman of the board of Ending Pandemics, and among the doctors who helped defeat smallpox... with a vaccine. 
 
 
As always, let us know what you think. 

David Ariosto

Head of Editorial, Intelligence Squared U.S.

 

 
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POINT / COUNTERPOINT
Two perspectives on one of the nation's biggest debates this week.
Who Should Get Vaccin Priority?

 
THE ELDERLY
“Protecting the elderly will not only save the most lives, it will also get everyone back to work quickly. The main reason for most people to stay home if they can is to protect the vulnerable.” 
- NICOLE HASSOUN, The Hill
 
TEACHERS
“If vaccinating teachers allows schools to reopen, the social and economic benefits likely would outweigh reopening any other essential industry.” 
- AARON STRONG & JONATHAN WELBURN, Wall Street Journal
 

INTELLIGRAPHIC

Which Nations Can Vaccinate the Most?

DOUBLE DIGITS
When one number tells two stories.

8 Million
The estimated number of Americans to be vaccinated by the end of the year, according to The New York Times.

Should President Trump be able to take the credit?  
 
YES:
“President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed is a big success, but Big Pharma made sure he didn’t get credit for it. “What a shame.” He’s been blamed for how the pandemic has been handled, but in fact what he did saved many lives and is a great success.” 
- DAN BURNS, Washington Times
 
NO:
“The evidence shows Donald Trump had no role in creating the vaccines to fight Covid-19. There is nothing in the record that warrants him taking “credit” for the vaccines. A review of events shows immigrants and immigrant-led companies created the vaccines.” 
- STUART ANDERSON, Forbes
 

POINTS OF VIEW
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