The Need to Accelerate Vaccine Distribution

Vaccine Distribution has been abysmal. Governor Cuomo issued an executive order increasing penalties for disregard of vaccine prioritization. While it is perhaps well-intentioned, it is likely the wrong approach. At least right now, scarcity of vaccine supply doesn’t seem to be the problem. In Virginia, we’ve only distributed about 20 percent of the stock of vaccines that have been received. While there is a lot of concern about people getting the vaccine before it’s their turn, an opposite problem seems to exist right now: vaccine doses are set to expire before they can be administered.

Israel has already vaccinated 10 percent of its population. In the U.S., we’re close to 1 percent and we’ve only distributed about 32 percent of the vaccines that have been distributed.

Hat tip to Tyler Cowen on the VA stats.