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WANTED: An “All-Out” National Vaccination Program

Anyone who has run a marathon knows that while the first 25 miles are no fun, it is the last 1.2 miles when you have to double down and drag yourself over the finish line.

This lesson has been widely ignored in the marathon development and logistic planning for vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Somehow, we can’t make it the last few feet to the arms of the awaiting public. Yes, we have pumped billions of dollars into Moderna for mRNA technology (actually, funded largely by NIH for the last decade) and purchased millions of doses from Pfizer—with additional millions on order potentially from Astra-Zeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and others. We continue to await FDA emergency approval for these other vaccines.

But with millions of doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in the hands of our government, where is the requisite massive vaccination effort? We need to vaccinate 200 million…

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