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Biden’s vaccine plan falters in face of reality

Jim Geraghty of National Review Online highlights problems linked to the new president’s plan for COVID-19 vaccines.

You can almost hear the sigh of frustration from the Oval Office: “But I thought we had a plan.” …

… The good news is the effort to vaccinate Americans is gathering a bit of momentum. According to Bloomberg’s chart, the average is up to 1.46 million shots per day, meaning the “100 million shots in 100 days” threshold set by the Biden administration should be easily cleared.

The bad news is . . . well just about everything else: The pace is still slow, the CDC still can’t track the doses once they get to the states, doses are going to waste, some people who can get appointments aren’t showing up for them, while others can’t get appointments or are told to wait months. The system to get appointments in most states is maddening, with websites crashing, phone lines jammed, and appointments few and far between. …

… State governments are expanding who is eligible to receive the vaccine, while those on the ground are arguing that their supplies are limited and that vaccinations should be limited to priority groups. Apparently, no one is all that certain that those second doses will be arriving in time after all. …

… People aren’t showing up for their appointments — in some stupefying circumstances, lots of people are bailing.

In New York City, the vaccination effort on Saturday apparently went terribly wrong. …

… Doses are getting wasted.

Yesterday’s New York Times lead editorial began with an anecdote of “Katherine,” a nurse vaccinating nursing-home staff members and residents against the coronavirus, realizing that “roughly 15 to 20 vaccines were being thrown away at the end of each vaccination session. That’s because the number of doses that she and her co-workers had prepared — per the protocol established by Katherine’s manager at CVS, the pharmacy she works for — exceeded the number of people who showed up to be inoculated, often significantly.”

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...