September 3, 2020

COVID Vaccines

“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has asked state public health officials to prepare to distribute a potential coronavirus vaccine to high-risk groups as soon as late October, documents published by the agency showed on Wednesday.” Reuters

“The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will not work with an international cooperative effort to develop and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine because it does not want to be constrained by multilateral groups like the World Health Organization.” AP News

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From the Right

The right is optimistic about US efforts to develop a vaccine and supports efforts to expedite its production.

From the Left

The left is critical of the decision not to work with the WHO and skeptical of expediting vaccine approval.

The left is critical of the decision not to work with the WHO and skeptical of expediting vaccine approval.

A libertarian's take

There is a strong case that the FDA should take politics into account more, not less. The FDA has been too risk-averse in the very recent past, for instance in its reluctance to approve additional Covid-19 testing. Economists have generally concluded that the FDA is too risk-averse in the long term as well, considering all relevant trade-offs. What kind of fix might there be for those problems, if not a ‘political’ one? Of course the initial risk-aversion was itself the result of a political calculation, namely the desire to avoid blame from the public and from Congress…

“An interdisciplinary group of experts has promoted the idea of so-called human challenge trials to get vaccines tested more quickly and accelerate the fight against Covid-19. The FDA did not endorse this idea, despite its value, partly (and certainly) for political reasons. In sum: The American people will not buy the claim that the current FDA is above politics. Nor should they.”
Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg

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