Andy Slavitt is an idiot, and I did not think that was the case before. Now he is on CNN calling for the punishment of people who don’t get vaccinated, saying that among other things they should be forced to get tested everyday and pay for it out of pocket. I am sure Andy’s ravings will really encourage people to get vaccinated. He is a big part of the problem for why people don’t trust government and experts. Government and the experts have repeatly lied to and misinformed the public across a range of issues involving the epidemic (not to mention government’s habitual lying as a matter of course on any topic). I have no idea where they get the idea that the American public as a whole is stupid. A large segment clearly is ignorant, and maybe a few are stupid, but there are a lot of people who can figure out when they are being lied to and misled. You have to be stupid, Andy, to think the stuff you say is doing anything to address the problem.
So governments have only themselves to blame for vaccine hesitancy. If they had just been honest and completely forthcoming from the start, they would have some credibility left. Instead they have people suspicious about side effects and now suspicious about whether the vaccines even work. And now we are fighting this binge of completely misleading information about the vaccines and cases, led by turncoat Alex Berenson, who apparently wants us all locked up and masked again.
We need, and I am doing everything I can to get this, clear information that shows 1) cases, hospitalizations and deaths by vaccination status, with fully vaccinated people defined in two ways, one is 14 days after second dose, and the other is a month after second dose; 2) the age structure of those cases in each group, vaxed and unvaxed; 3) the distribution of cycle numbers in at least a sample of recent cases in each group; and 4) for hospitalizations, how may of these are actually people who got hospitalized and tested positive versus those actually admitted for CV-19 disease. If we could just get this information on a regular basis we would be able to dispel a lot of misinformation.
The other thing we really need is for a big campaign to educate the public about what adaptive immunity is and that what we are seeing isn’t inconsistent with vaccines working. People still haven’t been given a clear picture of how respiratory virus epidemics tend to work and what the effect of vaccines is. They don’t and can’t stop exposure. They can and do stop serious disease, with a lesser effectiveness among those with weakened immune systems.
And DD is doing some good work to graphically show that we are just seeing the same seasonality we saw last year, but at a lower level. I don’t know how many times I can keep saying that this virus isn’t going away, it will be here, we will adapt to it and it will be similar to flu or even less dangerous.