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The U.S. Is Hoarding Vaccines It Won't Let Americans Take

"Vaccine nationalism" is going to make the pandemic last longer than it otherwise would.

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Inside warehouses in Ohio and Maryland, tens of millions of doses of vaccines that could be used to help end the COVID-19 pandemic are stuck in limbo. They haven't been approved for Americans to receive, but the White House is refusing to allow them to be shipped elsewhere in the world—to countries where they would be used immediately.

It's a frustrating mix of two problems that have plagued the global response to the pandemic: bureaucracy and nationalism.

The United States has already purchased tens of millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca, even though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet approved that vaccine for use alongside the vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. But the vaccine has been approved by the public health authorities in more than 70 other countries—including Brazil, where a major outbreak is threatening to overwhelm the country's hospital system, and the European Union.

The New York Times reports that the Biden administration is refusing to allow America's unused doses of the vaccine to be shipped overseas, despite requests from foreign governments and AstraZeneca itself. The company has pledged to replace any donated doses of the vaccine once FDA approval has been granted, according to the Times.

This is nearly indefensible. On the long list of ways that the government has screwed up the COVID-19 response, hoarding lifesaving vaccines that it won't allow to be used deserves a place at or near the very top.

Since AstraZeneca has not even finalized its application for FDA approval and doesn't expect to be done for several more weeks, there's only one rational and ethical option available: Send those doses of the company's vaccine to places where they can legally be injected into human beings as quickly as possible. Every day that they languish in a warehouse, unused, adds to the pandemic's length and unnecessarily increases the final death toll.

What's particularly frustrating about the millions of doses of unused AstraZeneca vaccines sitting in American warehouses is that logistical issues with the delivery of the same company's vaccines have caused problems in Europe. The company has delivered fewer doses than it had previously promised, and national governments have reacted by engaging in "vaccine nationalism" that does more harm than good.

Last week, for example, Italy blocked the export of 250,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Australia by invoking new emergency powers the European Union approved in January. Italy's government cited concerns about vaccine availability and the slow rollout of vaccination programs across Europe, but Australia is even farther behind when it comes to distributing vaccines.

Elsewhere, the E.U. accused both Britain and the United States of benefiting from imports of European-made vaccines while banning exports to Europe.

Even when trade continues flowing, nationalist policies slow the spread of vaccines. The Economist notes that those new E.U. rules involve more paperwork and greater government oversight of distribution, leading to greater uncertainty about future exports.

All of this feels painfully familiar. Last year, as the pandemic was sweeping the globe, governments imposed trade restrictions targeting everything from medical equipment to pharmaceutical drugs. Data collected by Simon Evenett, a professor of international trade at the University of St. Gallen and the coordinator of research for Global Trade Alert, show that 102 new limits on the export of medical gear were imposed by 75 different governments during the first four months of 2020, as COVID-19 struck.

But those restrictions often caused other problems. The Swiss medical supply outfit Hamilton Medical, for example, ramped up production by 50 percent in response to the outbreak in Europe. But a key component of its ventilators came from Romania, a member of the European Union. Because the E.U. had imposed export restrictions on medical equipment and component parts, Hamilton Medical's suppliers could no longer ship their wares to Switzerland, which is not an E.U. member.

Getting as many vaccines into as many bodies—not American bodies or European bodies, but human bodies—as quickly as possible is the best way to end the pandemic. But governments are naturally going to prioritize domestic demand for vaccines, and rich countries have an inside track to getting vaccines first. That's why it is even more important for countries like the United States to set a global example of not hoarding limited supplies of vaccines, behavior which will only encourage others to do the same.

"With all governments expecting their counterparts to act as nationalists and hoard early supplies of vaccines, no one has had an incentive to buck the trend," warned Chad Bown, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Thomas Bollyky, director of the global health program at the Council on Foreign Relations, in an article published in Foreign Affairs just as vaccines were coming on the scene late last year. "In this environment, ensuring equitable access to early doses of vaccines globally has been treated as a charitable matter—a second order issue to political leaders more concerned about potential opposition at home than outrage abroad."

Politicians might be able to defend trade restrictions on the grounds that they are looking after their own citizens first. But the Biden administration cannot even make that claim when it comes to the unused AstraZeneca vaccines idling in warehouses.

If those shots cannot legally be given to Americans, they should be sent to places that will use them.

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  1. You don’t need the vaccine. Quit shitting your pants.

    1. It would be interesting to see if other vaccination rates went up this year as well.

      Hilarious if everybody’s getting vaccinated with an experimental vaccine of completely unknown longitudinal efficacy for COVID but nobody’s getting time-tested vaccines which confer immunity for decades against diseases with worse morbidity/mortality across any given age group like measles, Hepatitis, HPV, tetanus, etc.

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      3. My doctor told that if i take the covid vaccine to not take any other vaccines for 6 month. Apparently its not good to take vaccines close together

        1. More likely they want to be sure any side effects, like growing a second head, are clearly from the Communist Chinese Virus vaccine.

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        2. Have kids. Mmr, tdap, and and a handful of other viruses are all given together between 2 and 6 mos., that’s some 10-12 viruses in an immune system that’s as nascent and incapable as it’s going to get. Moreover, if you get a flu shot, step on a rusty nail, and they don’t wait to give you a tetanus shot.

          More likely they don’t know dick about an experimental vaccine and, once again, are exercising an abundance of stupidity, I mean, caution. CY(or their)A.

        3. Great. If that’s the case I’m screwed. I got the Shingle Vaccine First Dose in Feb. Second dose two to six months later. Covid vaccine dose sometime early April with second dose late May the second shingles dose has to be given in Aug.

      4. I am guessing the flu vaccines are way down.

    2. “You don’t need the vaccine.”

      Because Supreme Dear Leader Goldilicks Gorillashit says so!!! ANYONE who challenges The Sacred Commands of Supreme Dear Leader Goldilicks Gorillashit must be SHOT at dawn! With BULLETS, not with vaccinations, dammit!

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      2. Donald and Melania got vaccinated, but in a total chicken shit move, kept it quiet:

        https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/03/02/donald-trump-melania-trump-got-covid-19-vaccines-january/6885130002/

        1. Remember how I always tell you guys that I’m totally not a paid Democratic Party shill.

        2. Sorry to shit on you and USA Today’s gloat, but Donald and Melania both already had Covid and were thus immune in January. So there was no value for them personally in getting the shot, and it would have been just one of the many things the presidential medical team would have done perforce.

          It’s like you have the memory of a goldfish and are completely unable to think critically about the narrative you’re fed.

          1. Yet they got the shots, anyway, and tried to keep it hushed up.

            1. …according to a Trump adviser speaking on condition of anonymity

              Looks like you forgot something. Maybe because you didn’t read past the headline because you’re a mindless piece of shit. Remember a few days ago when you outed yourself as yet another sarcasmic sock? How does it feel to be a stupid piece of shit alcoholic welfare leech who fucks his own daughter, sarcasmic?

            2. Biden got it and later claimed it did not exist at the time.

              1. Yeah, but that’s different because he’s mentally handicapped. Have some sensitivity for christ’s sake.

            3. Why would immune people bother, you stupid fuck, unless it was a rote requirement from the medical team.

              I know you received your doctorate in virology from the University of CNN, but even you should have the mental faculties to figure out what this means. Your “gotcha” is a big pile of nothing.

              1. Because the next move for the petty little maskerbators will be, “Papers, bitte.” Having had and recovered from Covid will not be enough to be awarded a precious immunity passport.

                It will be interesting to see if the shriekers will go so far as to push establishments only to accept the two jab vaccines and not the solo shot receivers.

            4. The CDC was preaching some people had gotten covid twice and the second time it was worse, to get the vaccine even if you had covid.
              How was it hushed up, you and I both knew about it? Maybe you are a government insider, but I am not!

        3. “Donald and Melania got vaccinated, but in a total chicken shit move, kept it quiet…”

          TDS-addled shit, do you hope to have your hat handed to you or are you so fucking stupid you think it won’t be?
          Grow up, asshole.

        4. Donnie’s greatest achievement was getting these vaccines fast-tracked.

          He loves publicity.

          Why would he hide this?

          It doesn’t make any sense. He’s an attention hound. His (administration’s) policies of actually getting out of the way of productive people to let them do their shit actually paid off. The vaccines are apparently highly effective, and are being distributed now, instead of, say, 2030, if they went through the typical process. It’s a big win.

          How does any of this square with your caricature of the man?

          If the vaccine is effective, and he and his wife got vaccinated, wouldn’t they front-page that stuff for publicity? If it’s not effective, why get the vaccine? You wouldn’t get a vaccine you know doesn’t work, and then hide it. If it does work, and you’ve been pimping it like a WWE match for weeks – what is the point of hiding it?

          Maybe they didn’t announce it because they didn’t want to be seen as jumping the line – they already had the virus, and were probably immune.

          1. Wow, Trump did something that didn’t make sense.

            1. This is just like when White Knight argued that there isn’t always security at presidential events.
              He won’t acknowledge that a President is protected 24/7 by everyone from the Secret Service to a full time medical team if it fucks with some retarded assertion he’s latched on to.

            2. You’re an imbecile.

              I know that you’ve been told this, regularly and repeatedly, in these comments. Mostly by people who are kinda quick to throw out terms like that and other personal insults. I am not one of those people. I generally try to deal with other commenters in a calm and rational manner, and address the content of their comment rather than the person who typed it.

              Congratulations, you’ve just joined a very small group of idiots that I’ve decided to either ignore or dismiss every time. I might pipe up from time to time just to call you an asshat, though.

              Moron.

          2. And your greatest achievement is being a troll on Reason.
            Donald still wins.

          3. I agree with your last sentence except for the “probably.”

        5. Breaking news: Donald Trump is no longer president of the United States.

          Also breaking: Presidents routinely receive the highest level of medical care.

          1. Yep, Biden is getting 24 hour around the clock care just so he can read a teleprompter for a few minutes without screwing up. Still it won’t help for long.

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  2. What the fuck did you think Joe Biden campaigning on equity meant Boehm?

    1. He thought it meant no more mean tweets — nothing more, nothing less.

      1. Well then give it to the Brazilians.

      2. Well, except from the US military targeting Tucker Carlson…

    2. You nailed this exactly.

      Now we have Old Man Bad instead of Orange Man Bad. Should be easy for a simpleton like Boehm to remember.

      1. There is even a video of Joe almost using the new dirty word equality and correcting himself to equity.

        1. See https://reason.com/2020/01/01/trumps-inartful-dodges/#comment-8068520 , where
          Der JesseBahnFuhrer says, of Trump, “He is not constitutionally bound on any actions he performed.”

          Hey JesseBahnFuhrer! Is this statement of yours, above, now applicable to Biden? Or is only Dear Leader Der TrumpfenFuhrer qualified to be our dictator? If so, why?

          1. It’s ‘bannfuhrer’, retard.

            1. Please explain to us, WHY is a JesseBannFuhrer better than a JesseBahnFuhrer, who wants to railroad us all?

              1. It isn’t, but you were trying to associate Jesse with Nazi Sturmbannführer’s but fucked it up like the retard you are, and are now stupidly trying to associate it with fucking railroads.

                I know you’re insane but the is idiotic even for you.

            2. JesseBannFuhrer, JesseBahnFuhrer, tomato, toeMAHto… I am glad that we have agreed that she is either JesseBannFuhrer or JesseBahnFuhrer! Either way, we can she that she is a whore! Now, we’re just haggling over the price of the old hag!

      2. Orange Man bad?!? He BAD, all right! He SOOO BAD, He be GOOD! He be GREAT! He Make America Great Again!

        We KNOW He can Make America Great Again, because, as a bad-ass businessman, He Made Himself and His Family Great Again! He Pussy Grabber in Chief!

        See The Atlantic article by using the below search-string in quotes:
        “The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet” or this one…

        https://reason.com/2019/09/02/republicans-choose-trumpism-over-property-rights-and-the-rule-of-law/

        He pussy-grab His creditors in 7 bankruptcies, His illegal sub-human workers ripped off of pay on His building projects, and His “students” in His fake Get-Rich-like-Me realty schools, and so on. So, He has a GREAT record of ripping others off! So SURELY He can rip off other nations, other ethnic groups, etc., in trade wars and border wars, for the benefit of ALL of us!!!

        All Hail to THE Pussy Grabber in Chief!!!

        Most of all, HAIL the Chief, for having revoked karma! What comes around, will no longer go around!!! The Donald has figured out that all of the un-Americans are SOOO stupid, that we can pussy-grab them all day, every day, and they will NEVER think of pussy-grabbing us right back!

        Orange Man Bad-Ass Pussy-Grabber all right!

        We CAN grab all the pussy, all the time, and NONE will be smart enough to EVER grab our pussies right back!

        These voters simply cannot or will not recognize the central illusion of politics… You can pussy-grab all of the people some of the time, and you can pussy-grab some of the people all of the time, but you cannot pussy-grab all of the people all of the time! Sooner or later, karma catches up, and the others will pussy-grab you right back!

        1. Fuck off, White Knight.

        2. “His illegal sub-human workers ripped off of pay on His building projects”
          Too crazy and retarded to get his nutty ranting’s right.

          Anyway, orangemanbad Sqrlsy… orangemanbad.

          1. https://time.com/4465744/donald-trump-undocumented-workers/

            What Donald Trump Knew About Undocumented Workers at His Signature Tower

            The men were putting in 12-hour shifts with inadequate safety equipment at subpar wages that their contractor paid sporadically, if at all. A lawyer for many of the Poles demanded that the workers be paid or else he would serve Trump with a lien on the property. One Polish worker even went to Trump’s office to ask him for money in person, according to sworn testimony and a deposition filed under oath in a court case.

            At one point, a lawyer for the Poles testified, Trump threatened, through his own lawyer, to call the Immigration and Naturalization Service and have the workers deported.

            SQRSLY here… Con Artist in Chief has money for TONS of lawyers… But not for workers who built His Dear Leader buildings!

            1. So???

              1. So Der TrumpfenFuhrer does NOT give ONE tiny shit about treating others as He would like to be treated! And Ditto for ALL of the Trumptatorshit worshippers like YOU Mamma! The likes of Trump will use you up, suck you dry, and then throw you under the bus!

                LEARN from history, willfully ignorant one!

                So many of us fantasize that our support of those who we think is (or will be) the “winner” will earn us the support of the “winners” and their spoils.
                See “the night of the long knives” at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_Long_Knives… Ernst Röhm (head brownshirt, street brawler, for Hitler) thought his support of Hitler would leave him sitting pretty. So sorry, Ernst Röhm, Hitler had another thing coming for you…
                Right here on Reason.com comments, we see the same thing. The “brownshirts” of the commentary (Sexless Stranger-Strangler, Nards) try to brownshirt their enemies off of the comments board, tell their enemies to commit suicide, and other “street fighting”. They, I suspect, expect payback (war spoils) from “winning” Orange Hitler, just as Ernst Röhm did from “winning” Hitler.
                They and their ilk, too, have another thing coming… Orange Hitler will throw them under the bus, the VERY first instant that Orange Hitler finds it to be convenient to Him… Just as Shitler-Hitler threw Ernst Röhm under the bus!

                Hey assholes!!! The Trumptatorshit LOST the elections, ya know!

                1. After all your stumping for Hitler here, and now you’re going to try and pretend you’re anti-Nazi? I thought that you and Misek had a thing.

                  Look at all the times you proclaimed your love for the Nazis:

                  “SQRLSY One
                  September.30.2020 at 12:53 pm

                  Yes! This FURTHER proves that Hitler was NOT a racist!
                  Since even Hitler wasn’t a racist, we can pretty firmly conclude that racism isn’t a “thing” at all!

                  “SQRLSY One
                  November.1.2020 at 8:51 am

                  Here, this is a pretty good match! Every racist is a good, right, and TRUE, benevolent man!
                  goodreads.com/quotes/tag/hitler
                  “My spirit will rise from the grave and the world will see I was right.”
                  ― Adolf Hitler

                  SQRLSY One
                  November.15.2020 at 3:00 pm

                  Flute Police are authorized to use everything up to and including field artillery, and nuclear weapons, to enforce The LAW, dammit, citizen, so OBEY!
                  Unauthorized civilians are NOT allowed to play the WRONG kinds of flutes!!! Capisce?
                  goodreads.com/quotes/34787-germans-who-wish-to-use-firearms-should-join-the-ss
                  “Germans who wish to use cheap plastic lung flutes should join the SS or the SA — ordinary citizens don’t need these deadly lung flutes, as their having cheap plastic lung flutes doesn’t serve the State.”
                  ― Heinrich Himmler

                  SQRLSY One
                  November.9.2020 at 4:26 pm

                  Bimsday, 39 Bemberbember 2020 at 6:66 PM
                  I love to LIE my ass off, and suck Satan’s dick! Because I hate humanity! The Evil One is the Father of Lies, just as Der TrumpfenFuhrer is the Stable Genius! So, as the apple falls not far from the tree, I INSIST on telling obvious lies, all day, every day! Butt… Surprise, surprise! Other Evil Ones Junior will fall for my lies… Because they want to!

                  1. Mother’s Lament
                    Bimbosday, 43 Bimbobember 2020 at 6:66 PM
                    I lust after being abused by power-mad politicians, because I am power-mad myself! And I suffer under the utterly stupid illusion that power-mad politicians will feed me, like a doggy under the table, a wee few, tiny scraps of their vast powers. Biden came up here to Canoodlestanistanistanistanistan to noodle me and my poodle, and give me nookie, with my Wookie and my bookie, but all that Biden would do, is smell my hair! So I lust after Der TrumpfenFuhrer to come up here and grab my pussy good and hard!

                    1. Since there aren’t any quotation marks implying that you’re quoting someone else, I’m just going to assume you’re giving me your curriculum vitae.

                      Didn’t know you lust after Der TrumpfenFuhrer to come and grab your pussy good and hard, Sqrls.
                      That you’re hostility was repressed sexuality, surprised me.

      3. “Now we have Old Man Bad instead of Orange Man Bad.”

        There is, like, 3 1/2 years difference in their age.

        1. Not physically.

          Trump talks like a badass but he never smoked or did drugs and dislikes alcohol.

          Biden on the other hand partied as the Keith Richards of the political world, and has had a couple brain aneurisms. He’s physically in his 90’s.

          1. Trump is no mental giant:
            Revolutionary War airports
            Hydrosonic missiles

            1. “Trump is no mental giant:
              Revolutionary War airports
              Hydrosonic missiles”

              Like Obo’s “57 states” asshole?

              1. BTW, TDS-addled shits like you can be relied upon to search, cherry pick and focus on the comments said once and captured by other TDS-addled shits.
                You are a raging asshole and deserve every bit of derision landed upon you here and I would hope some part of your family also sees you as the fucking piece of shit you are.

                1. I’m certain most people that know Dee IRL consider her to be an annoying twat.

            2. Hydrogen dioxide…

              1. I have never been and will never be the President of the United States of America.

                1. Obama thought that the US had 57 states, he pronounced “Marine Corps” as “Marine Corpse”, he visited Austria and made Reference to the Nonexistent “Austrian language”, referred to “Cinco de Cuatro” in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was Cinco de Mayo, and continued to flub it, so I guess Trump was a big improvement, huh?

                  1. Oh, and he bowed to the Saudi King.

        2. “There is, like, 3 1/2 years difference in their age.”

          Almost a term in office, right, TDS-addled shit?

      4. Old man bad . . . memory . . . I, wait. What? Why am I here?

        The guy who, you know, that guy, the – I call him the general – he runs that outfit over there. Old stone. What? Malarkey.

        The breeze from my window reminds me of Corn Pop running with his shotgun clean through my screen door. Ye Gads, he was a dog-faced pony soldier, but I knew I could trust him when he put his hand on my leg to feel all the blond hairs that stuck out in the summer sun.

    3. It’s terrible that Trump is keeping all those vaccines from being shipped out to other countries. He really is the worst president ever.

      Wait, what? Joe Biden is the president now?

      It’s marvelous that Biden is keeping those vaccines available for Americans. Y’know, eventually.

    4. Joe Biden scoffed that when he took over from Trump that there were “literally” no vaccines in the refrigerator, that Trump hadn’t stockpiled a single vaccine but instead had just sent them all out. Did you really not think Biden was going to “fix” this problem of not having vaccines stockpiled just in case we need them?

  3. Stupid brain dead old man running the show.

    1. Same as the old boss. Forever and ever

      1. TDS cause you pain?

    2. If you really think he is running the show, vote for single payer and sign up for counseling.

  4. No no, old man Biden was on top of this from the beginning, he and the democrats deserve awards, it was those seditious republicans who did nothing. You’re forgetting yourself reason.

  5. Send them to Guatemala. It’s not like we have a problem knowingly injecting people with syphillis there.

    1. I actually like Guatemalans.

      1. Whether anyone likes them or not, what we did to them with the syphillis experiments was an atrocity.

    2. Is anyone still there?
      I thought they were all lined up at the southern border.

  6. I agree we should export these vaccines since we’re not using them. But more importantly, we should export our values – freedom and justice. Then those countries would be more self reliant and wouldn’t have to depend on us. In fact the immigrants from those countries, who’ve lived here for decades in many cases, should return to their homelands and bestow the blessings of prosperity they learned here. (And before you call me ‘racist’ I say the same for all ethnicities. And yes you can advocate online as well, though few do.) If they refuse then their ancestral homelands are screwed regardless.

    1. After the events of the past year it’s absurd to claim that freedom and justice are in any way American values.

      1. Weird you can’t decide if that’s good or bad.

        1. Weird you think you’re telepathic.

          1. Don’t feel bad. As long as you’re on the fence you don’t have to do anything (other than bicker with people who want to improve the world).

    2. “Then those countries would be more self reliant and wouldn’t have to depend on us. In fact the immigrants from those countries, who’ve lived here for decades in many cases, should return to their homelands and bestow the blessings of prosperity they learned here. “

      Aha. So where did your folks come from who lived here for many decades. They should have returned to their homelands.

      Because the blessings of prosperity are learned here. They exist nowhere else on earth.

      1. But we don’t really have freedom and justice according to the previous comment. So what are you complaining about?

  7. Getting as many vaccines into as many bodies—not American bodies or European bodies, but human bodies—as quickly as possible is the best way to end the pandemic.

    *Living* bodies. You might think that goes without saying but you’d be guilty of pre-Truth thinking in a post-Truth era. Matter of fact, we’d achieve vaccine-equity a lot quicker if we started vaccinating (and counting) aborted fetuses.

  8. tonight, on Hoarders: (D)

  9. there’s only one rational and ethical option available

    Well there’s your problem…

  10. Supposedly, everyone who wants a vaccine can get one in May even without AZ, and the paperwork isn’t in yet, so authorization isn’t until mid-April, at best. Time to buy some friendship with vaccines that we are never going to use.

    1. Not get one, qualify to get one. There is a difference. Qualify means you can get in line, get on the list, get an appointment at a future date.

  11. Biden’s saving that vaccine so he can give it to the kids in cages in Texas, once it’s approved by the FDA and the teachers’ unions.

  12. Hey remember when China hoarded PPE and canceled longstanding contracts with medical suppliers and told the rest of the world to go fuck itself, all the while purchasing mass quantities of PPE from those very same countries to exacerbate the shortage and drive up prices and Reason clapped and barked on command like the pathetic mindless trained seals that they are. But now that it’s the US “hoarding” vaccines because they haven’t all been administered in a matter of 2 weeks, it’s “vaccine nationalism” and dirty pool?

    Is the blood money really worth it? It’s not like you get paid as much as a real journalist at a real paper. You’re looked upon by the big boys with as much credibility as Jerome Corsi and Joseph Farah. Can you really be bought by the proprietors of slave labor concentration camps for so little? What a pathetic little cocksucker you really are.

    1. “Reason clapped and barked on command like the pathetic mindless trained seals that they are”

      Cite?

      1. There is a paid troll here in the Reason comments who goes by “White Knight”.

        This troll’s purpose is to try and deflect criticism of the Democratic Party and, to a lesser extent, Reason Magazine articles and writers who support the agenda of the Democratic Party.

        In order to halt conversation, many paid trolls here use disruption techniques.

        White Knight’s favorite disruption technique is to demand a citation even for the most ordinary or obvious statements. Keep in mind that these requests aren’t just reserved for controversial statements but often for matters of common knowledge (e.g. the formula for water is H2O). The purpose of this is twofold:

        In the first, a commenter will waste time and energy hunting down a citation.
        When such a citation is posted White Knight will then redefine the criteria and claim that the citation is worthless; or, if unequivocal, White Knight will ignore the response, and move elsewhere. Either way the purpose of disruption was served.

        In the second, if the commenter ignores White Knight or refuses to play along, White Knight will then follow the commenter along, claiming at every post that they are dishonest and can’t back up their statements. Here too, harassment and disruption are the purpose.

        It is important for us all not to enable White Knight.
        If you see White Knight making an inane citation request over an uncontroversial claim, please respond by posting “Fuck off, White Knight”, or by pasting this warning.

        1. The problem as I see it is that some commenter seem to pull statements out of thin air and put them forth as the God’s honest truth. They could just say “in my opinion”, which would negate the need for a citation. This would be both more practical and more polite than your suggestion.

          1. Here you go, you dishonest fuck. Just one of almost a dozen articles proving Raymundo’s point.

            https://reason.com/2020/07/11/trumps-trade-war-made-the-pandemic-worse-and-nationalism-will-slow-the-recovery/

            Start at “The Fallacy of Chinese Dependence”, and enjoy.

            1. Want another?

              Countries like China and Taiwan have required masks in various public spaces, while countries like the United States have continually followed advice from the World Health Organization (WHO), first advising that masks will not reduce public exposure to SARS-CoV-2 and then later suggesting various types of masks for public spaces. However, agencies within the U.S. federal government are still not using the most up-to-date information from other countries for their recommendations and interventions.”

              https://reason.org/policy-brief/vital-ppe-how-to-increase-production-and-distribution-of-masks-amid-covid-19/

              I’ll give you a tip, M4e, backing up White Knight is guaranteed to make you look like an idiot.

    2. Is the blood money really worth it? It’s not like you get paid as much as a real journalist at a real paper. You’re looked upon by the big boys with as much credibility as Jerome Corsi and Joseph Farah. Can you really be bought by the proprietors of slave labor concentration camps for so little? What a pathetic little cocksucker you really are.

      Brutal. Truth.

  13. It appears that we have enough vaccine for the US. and we should be taking action to move extra vaccine out to other countries. I think this is a big mistake, particularly because the administration has done a good job of communicating information. I think they could explain sending some vaccine out of the country. It is also a good time as the Republicans will likely miss the news as they are too concerned about Mr. Potato Head and Dr. Seuss.

  14. This is the same distribution problem as with food. When all the people complain that the US has enough food to feed all of the people starving in x shit hole country, they fail to realize that the starvation isn’t due to a lack of food, but a lack of decent distribution. Blindly giving vaccines to a country will more than likely cause them to be wasted. Also if they other countries wanted them, they could purchase them, I know an open and free market is now alien to reason, but it does work pretty well.

    1. This is incorrect. In ‘x shit hole’ country, the President doesn’t have free reign to set up distribution lines and corrupt and/or incompetent government, which the President doesn’t have free reign to rout out, is responsible for terrible infrastructure and failure of distribution.

      This is the case when people blamed Trump for the water sitting on a tarmac in Puerto Rico. The island is about as long as Long Island, but people didn’t have running water on one side because the Puerto Rican government couldn’t or wouldn’t get it there from the other.

      However, this isn’t the case for the vaccine in the U.S. Amazon could have a million doses on a million doorsteps in 2 days. What Amazon couldn’t deliver in 2 days, UPS, DHL, Fedex, and the USPS would deliver in 4.

      Moreover, unlike food which has a relatively unpredictable yield at the time of harvest and an unpredictable transit life, the vaccine can be produced to single unit precision and, presumably has a well-defined shelf life.

      There may be a reason why several million doses is sitting around, but lack of distribution infrastructure, in the US, isn’t it.

      1. That is true that their shit distribution is caused by shitty corrupt governers (small g, and general term)

        1. It’s counterintuitive, but famines are generally not caused by a lack of food.

  15. Despite Reasons proclamation of America failure to the pandemic the article makes it clear the US is doing well or Biden’s rollout is an utter failure that cant be blamed on Trump

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