• Ben Shapiro: How bureaucracy killed hundreds of thousands of Americans

    From Ubiquitous@21:1/5 to All on Wed Jan 6 21:05:01 2021
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    Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the media have spilled
    barrels of ink over mistakes by the federal government. We’ve heard
    endlessly about the failure to quickly ramp up testing, the confusion
    over mask-wearing and the debates over proper lockdown policy. But when
    the history of this time is written, the fundamental mistake made by
    the United States government won’t be rhetorical excesses by the
    president or conflicting public health advice. It will be the same
    mistake the government always makes: trusting the bureaucracy.

    We now know that the miraculous Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 had been
    designed by Jan. 13, 2020. That was just two days after the sequencing
    of the virus had been made public. As David Wallace-Wells writes for
    New York magazine, “the Moderna vaccine design took all of one weekend.
    ... By the time the first American death was announced a month later,
    the vaccine had already been manufactured and shipped to the National Institutes of Health for the beginning of its Phase I clinical trial.” Meanwhile, for six weeks, Dr. Anthony Fauci assured Americans that
    there was little to worry about with COVID-19.

    Fast-forward to the end of 2021. Hundreds of thousands of Americans
    have died. Tens of thousands of Americans continue to die every week.
    The Food and Drug Administration has still not cleared the Oxford-
    AstraZeneca vaccine, which costs a fraction of the other vaccines
    (about $4 per dose, as opposed to $15 to $25 per dose for Moderna’s
    vaccine or $20 per dose for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine). The FDA
    approval process cost us critical months, with thousands of Americans
    dying each day. As Dr. Marty Makary of Johns Hopkins University told me
    this week, “Safety is their eternal excuse. They are entirely a broken
    federal bureaucracy ... Why did we not have a combined Phase I-Phase II clinical trial for these vaccines?”

    This is an excellent question, of course. Phase I trials involve small
    numbers of participants, who are then monitored. Phase II trials
    involve larger numbers. Huge numbers of Americans would have
    volunteered for a combined Phase I-Phase II trial. And even after we
    knew the vaccines were effective, the FDA delayed. Data was collected
    by late October that suggested Phase II/?III trials had been
    successful. The FDA quickly requested more results, which it did not
    receive until November. It then took until Dec. 11 for the FDA to issue emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine. The Moderna vaccine
    wasn’t cleared until Dec. 18, nearly a year after it had first been

    The disgrace continues. The government continues to hold back secondary
    doses of the vaccine, despite the fact that the first doses provide a significant effect. As Dr. Makary says, “We’re in a war. The first dose
    gives immunity that may be as high as 80 to 90 percent protection, and
    we can probably give half the dose, as Dr. Moncef Slaoui suggested ...
    We can quadruple our supply overnight.”

    Meanwhile, states continue to be confused by the Centers for Disease
    Control and Prevention guidance on how to tranche out the vaccines. It
    took until nine days after the FDA authorized the Pfizer vaccine for
    the CDC to release its recommendations. Those recommendations were
    still complex and confusing and often rife with self-defeating
    standards — even though it was perfectly obvious from the start that
    the solution ought to be based on age.

    Americans have relied on the government — a government supposedly
    comprised of well-meaning experts — to get us through a pandemic. The government not only failed with conflicting information and incoherent
    lockdown policy but also actively obstructed the chief mechanism for
    ending the pandemic thanks to bureaucratic bloat. If Americans’
    takeaway from the COVID-19 pandemic is that centralized government is
    the all-purpose solution, they’re taking precisely the lesson most
    likely to end in mass death in the future.

    Trump won.

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