The Scary Politics of COVID Vaccinations

December 20, 2020

THERE IS A SCARY SOUND to the reported debate within the Center for Disease Control as to whether blacks as a group should receive the COVID vaccine ahead of the elderly. It would be a matter of social justice, the argument goes.

Congressmen and government employees, as always, have their own rationale for special treatment.

But it all resembles the plot of a dystopian novel, not reasoned policy. American medicine’s characteristic has been its humanity. Even in the heat of battle, medics apply triage not by rank, unit insignia or specialty but by whose life can be saved.

Now we understand that public policy is life and death. 

It always has been, actually. — tcl



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