Today, I came across two new articles that provide a great perspective on the COVID crisis.
- We are running a live experiment with massive numbers of new COVID cases every day.
There is a significant risk of mutations, which have already been seen in the UK and South Africa. Delaying 2nd doses of the vaccines to get more people a 1st dose, and thus some protection, does present a risk of mutations. But so does the current situation.
- What if we had left testing and vaccines to the free market?
The CDC blocked anyone else from developing a test for several crucial months. Byzantine rules backed by draconian penalties have constrained vaccine distribution. Could the private sector do better than government control in this instance? I’d wager yes. If people were unable to afford a test or vaccine, the government could by all means send them the money. Government is very good with the discrete task of sending checks to people.
“State Public Health Laboratory in Exton Tests for COVID-19” by governortomwolf is licensed under CC BY 2.0