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"four hundred million vaccines" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"Author of from goods to a good life intellectual property and global justice professor. Sandra welcome hi magnates. Great to be here with you today so first of all. Let's just check something. It is it true or not that the mo- most of the co vaccine doses manufactured thus far have been going to a small number of rich and middle income countries. That is absolutely correct. So so far out of about four hundred million vaccines That have been delivered around the world. Ninety percent of them have gone to rich countries. They've bought up. Countries like the united states in canada have bought up enough supply not just for their population but for their population. Many times over. So we're gonna talk about those agreements That that are a major part of this picture. In just a second. But you heard and mcdonald. Pritchett a little earlier say that the The manufacturing capacities continuing to grow Around the world and that and perhaps that gap will be sort of naturally closed In acceptable amount of time. Yeah she was talking about how the drug manufacturing companies here of these major vaccines are seeking their own licensing partners. But what really is so. Concerning is that she mentioned you know what over time they will find more a partners that they find acceptable. We don't have time magna right now. We see variants developing and spreading quickly around the world these variants may the vaccines that have already been delivered in countries like the united states. A bay may be resistant to those variants. So this is a race that we're in to really finally end this pandemic and the serious concern here. Is that the The great success that countries like the us have had so far. I mean president biden has given us great news. We're going to have the adults All adults in america potentially vaccinated by the end of may but that success could be terribly undermined if the rest of the globe is not also vaccinated and so that we can stop the spread of those variants You know the manufacturing capacity and quality assurance is something that we could explore a quite a bit however can let's just cut to the chase. Right i think that Albert cooler the fi the pfizer. Ceo last year when he first responded to the who's idea to create a technology sharing pool for covid vaccine. I think it's first response tells us what a big part of this debate is about because cordless at at that time. I think it's nonsense and dangerous. He said he said companies are investing billions to find a solution. Keep in mind if you have a discovery and then he was concerned about international cooperation or cooperative groups that would take away your intellectual properties that i think that is dangerous is that is that the heart of this challenge right now. Well let me take it back to something you said at the start made you said that this is a case where we've got companies that have ironclad. Ip rights. you know. And they're being asked to some of those rights or it's also a case where it was exactly those. Ip rights specifically patents that led to the development of these vaccines at breakneck speed. I wanna call bs on that because basically the fact is in this particular case you know in general when we're talking about breakthrough medications. Pharmaceutical companies are the poster child for patents. We give them a twenty year exclusive right to make use and sell this invention. Because they've created breakthrough technology that saves lives but in the case of covid nineteen vaccines. It was the us. Government and other governments including the german government that invested the billions that were critical to the breakneck speed development of these vaccine. So operation warp speed and an end government grants from h rea- funded research to In the case of moderna what just about one hundred percent of the cost of the development manufacture and distribution of the moderna vaccine was paid for by the us government that us tax payers kind of correct the record because our companies have been investing for decades and infectious disease face and in various technologies. That are what enabled us to make the progress against koga and that regarding ip the wto looked at a waiver back in october and it didn't move forward on it because it was recognized that ip wasn't barrier and that such a measure would be counterproductive japan. Brazil and other countries agreed at that point. I think it's important to recognize that every player in the biopharmaceutical industry as soon as we started recognizing the magnitude of this crisis began seeking to look at their compound libraries invest in new development and to ramp up manufacturing at risk at the same time because we recognize we needed as many shots on goal as possible in order to make progress against this crisis. I can't speak to albert borlase specific comments last year. But i would say the fact. That visor has twenty facilities and eleven different countries and is going to support supplying vaccines two hundred and sixty five. Different countries speaks to the commitment of our industry. And as i indicated at the outset a number of our companies were partnering with global partners and clear including the crm institute of india to support manufacturing procurement and distribution to address low and middle income. Country needs. I think it's really telling that the fact that international capacity across manufacturing is expected to allow us to provide ten billion vaccines around the globe by the end of this year. That is nothing short of heroic and remarks unfortunate that they're kind of spurious attacks on it being a barrier when you know companies and all of our partners are literally around the fox and around the globe so that we can meet global needs professors under. Go ahead yeah. So a partnership is the key here. So the fact is we cannot ignore the the reality that the us government and taxpayer money funded billions of dollars underlying the covid nineteen vaccine development under us law. That would give the. Us government rights to to help step in and reduce prices in order to promote access. Especially when it comes to meeting the needs of a global public health crisis the key issue here is that these were not just the result of private investment but they are also very importantly on significantly the result of of a government investment. And in fact many people call these vaccines the people's vaccine for that reason and it's critical that not just does a the us government in here in particular. The biden administration have the legal authority to step in and dictate lower prices and broader access. More licensing of this technology But but obviously here. We have a real critical need to do so. Okay so but but monsef slough the who was the chief scientific advisor for operation warp speed Which yes i mean it was an eighteen billion dollar tax payer funded Effort to get a covid vaccine created He recently said. I mean the new york times. Just a couple of days reported that Western health officials say they never intended to exclude other countries. Patent sharing said simply never came up and slough. He said quote it was. Us centric hasn't anti-global. Everyone was in agreement that vaccine doses wants the. Us is served will go. Elsewhere professor senator. You wanna respond to that. Yes so. I think there's been a couple of different confusing angles in the debate. So far a lot of people been talking about vaccine. Diplomacy countries like russia and china giving their vaccines away in the developing world whereas the united states was argued is taking this kind of vaccine nationalist approach. We first we take care of ourselves in some of what biden was originally saying sounded like that but really the fight over. Ip rights isn't about the united states buying doses and giving them to other parts of the world in particularly the developing world. This is about a.
"four hundred million vaccines" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"Stop hold them so that they can actually multiply their production raises without compromising the to as many different places as possible and it is going to remain with them down for party they are going to benefit from this by a number is lease so many failures that eventually the app ventured let alone the additional billions of covid vaccine doses. That could go around. The world of the book that the chairman and managing director of in septa pharmaceuticals in dhaka bangladesh. So today we're gonna talk about the legal regulatory and political realities that have produced a global covid vaccination divide now. This is the system that produced a history making series of vaccines in record time. That is a fact. But is this also the system. That's preventing worldwide distribution of those vaccines to beat back this global pandemic. That's what we're going to explore and we'll start today with an mcdonald She is senior vice. President of policy and research at the industry group pharmaceutical research and manufacturers of america or pharma and mcdonnell. Welcome to you. Thank you for having me. So first of all. How would you describe How the the global vaccine rule out has been going so far. I would say that bio pharmaceutical companies are solely focused on vaccinating as many people as possible as possible and not. There's been an unprecedented level of collaboration among companies governments and on government partners to develop manufacture and deliver vaccines to meet global demand. I note that. What's really incredible. Is that in addition to being able to produce vaccines within a year is the fact that we're projected to have vaccine to pass it around the globe. Reach ten billion this year alone but then but as as many experts have noted most of that vaccine capacity is concentrated in a small handful of countries though. The availability of those doses. Is that a problem. I wouldn't say that's accurate. I would say that our entire industries focus their on bringing vaccines to patients around the globe. We have globally diverse supply chains. We are working with hundreds of suppliers and manufacturing partners around the globe. You know it's a historic and heraldic effort to seek to do to administer billions of doses of vaccine around the globe. The stakes couldn't be higher. And we all recognize that. And that's why are companies are continuing to expand their collaborations to provide manufacturing facilities around the globe and increase manufacturing capacity. I would just note if you look at visor alone. They have more than twenty facilities and eleven different countries and that's to support supplying vaccines to one hundred and sixty five different countries and it's important to recognize their tens of thousands of employees that have to be trained on specific aspects of the each particular vaccine to ensure that they are handled distributed in stores and stored in ways editor district the safety standards so according to some Some experts in analysis who've been tracking where the vaccines are going. There has been roughly four hundred million vaccines delivered so far but ninety percent of those are going to wealthy and middle income countries. Is that not true. I can't speak to what the specific doses are that are being delivered to each country. But i would say that Our companies or partnering with a range of international partners and ngos accelerate the delivery of covid nineteen vaccines to countries around the world. You know industry is working with. Who's kovacs facility. Which is focused on global vaccine distribution and they began rolling out two billion vaccine doses for low and middle income countries. In february of this year of this year a company journalists are working with the bill and melinda gates foundation the biden administration has committed four billion to kovacs which again is inter- international vaccine alliance working to distribute joses to low and middle income countries. So i wouldn't say that the distribution or getting vaccines two countries is the biggest challenge. I would say that the biggest challenge in the last mile distribution. There's a lot of work that needs to be done there Kenya for temple recently seized over a million doses of vaccine but only forty thousand kenyans have been vaccinated so we think the key focus should be on seeking to further expand collaborations so that we can provide vaccine sites at the heart of affected communities in the us and around the globe. We think that's actually one of the biggest challenges. But again i would note or companies or upgrading. Plants looking to identify more global partners. That are able to meet their technical capabilities so that we can support broad and equitable global access. So the lot your point about the last mile is well taken. And we're going to explore that a little bit later in the show but there are. There are several different organizations and global collaborations that are worthy of discussion because for example in may of last year the. Who created a technology sharing pool specifically designed to help countries make corona virus vaccines right and that pools called the covid. Nineteen technology access pool. That was may of last year and it's interesting to note that several months later in october madonna Publicly pledged. this is october of last year. Not to enforce its covid. Nineteen related patents However as of now as of this year that same kobe. Nine hundred technology access. Pool where companies like madonna kuch share their technology forgiven greater distribution that has attracted zero contributions. There's no participation in this global access pool run by the. Who can you explain to me. The d. y. Well i think what's really at the heart of this. Is that manufacturing manufacturers continuing to evolve standards for production of vaccines in collaboration with regulators. And that the extremely widespread collaboration between manufacturers contract manufacturers and suppliers has allowed us to speed production capacity maintaining quality standards to meet global needs. I would say for some of these vaccines. They're using new technology platforms that while provide a lot of benefits. They do pose considerable challenges and they require specific particular technical capabilities of the and that we want to ensure that we are partnering with companies. All over the world suppliers and contract manufacturers and other innovative companies. That are going to be able just meet those specific needs as you know with. Vaccines ensuring quality control throughout the manufacturing process is perhaps one of the most critical elements. And we feel that the unprecedented level of collaboration among and between companies including company that generally are competing with each other has really been unprecedented and that is ensuring that we're able to meet the global needs without Having to explore other alternatives point your point about the the technological needs quality control around the production of covid vaccines as well taken a that applies to all pharmaceutical production. I think we can. We can agree to that. But i mean are you saying that there isn't confidence that places like In septa in dhaka could could meet those those those quality. Assurances i mean. They're they're manufacturing vaccines that are other. Vaccines are going into people's arms. Right now so i can't speak to the specifics of that company manufacturing capabilities but i would say that only vaccine manufacturers are in a position to assess the specific technical capabilities of potential partners. I would note that with the recently announced jay jay and mark partnership that it was clear that j. j. had Looked around the world to identify companies and contract manufacturing to meet their specific need and that at the end of the day they were only able to identify a handful More and more than ten at this point that were able to meet their specific needs. Now what i would say is that our companies are learning as they go as you've seen with visor and other companies they've created more efficiencies in the manufacturing process. Dave developing new tools for ensuring quality. And i think that over time you're going to see more and more partnerships as we're able to develop those best practices well facilitate.
"four hundred million vaccines" Discussed on John and Ken on Demand
"Supposedly a chunk of it is republican men. Yeah i don't know what that's about at all. I mean trump took the vaccine. And i asked my republican men. Friend men friends that. Why say you take the vaccine. Every one of them said yes. I don't know these are these hillbillies out in joking west side republican men so yes the they've only have a different take they only have one testicle no testicles like i i don't understand this take the vaccine probably Probably probably almost certainly will get sick and emails the other day to our show where this guy was like. How can you believe this is happened too fast. Vaccines take years. Aren't you suspicious. And this one. I loved the regular flu. Vaccines sometimes only twenty percent effective. How could this won't be ninety five percent effective. Don't you guys read do your research and i'm like that's a whole different editor of apples. He's a bozo that's all it is. It's easy to ask those stupid questions. All the conspiracy theory guys have those stupid questions. Think it's odd that don't you know that i mean they've got weird comparisons and it would take you an hour and a half to explain to this knob head and he's still not gonna get it anyway so good. Get the virus end up on a ventilator. Go get out of here. Get get the gene pool. You're into calling the population. I'm into clean out the gene pool at this point. If you i mean there's four hundred over four hundred million vaccines have been injected around the world over four hundred million. Nobody's dying no serious side effects very few cases of getting the virus after the injection. There's gonna be a few. I saw one headline today that they found three people in hawaii who got the virus even after getting the vaccine. Yeah that's that's the porn panic porsche. Sure that's the five percent and of course somewhere in the article. They happened to mention in a backhanded way. Really mild symptoms and they quickly recovered there. You go that is the worst case. Scenario mild symptoms. You quickly recover. I did we come back. The la unified school district teachers. Their union did approve the return to the classroom. Of course we told you a couple of weeks ago. It's a it's a limited return particularly for the middle and high school students. We'll get into it next..
"four hundred million vaccines" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"Right. Well it's monday which means it's time to to join monaco. Contributing editor and jim muller force. Good news very guys got to go. I've admit yes. Welcome to the fiftieth of these weekly hopeful swipes at the merciless pace bowling of the covid. Nineteen news cycle in the hope of eventually connecting with the grandstand clearing. Six of good news. That's even better. We could do this all day. Alternatively we could rejoice in the tidings stirring military victory by the italian admittedly against barnyard fowl. But you can only beat what's put in front of you. What happened was this. The fourth geneva cavaliers the reconnaissance unit of the pot swallow del freely brigade. Were taking nighttime newport. Donate win at least one. Shell fired by a santo. Ahmed vehicle went off range and over the offense of a nearby farm decisively neutralizing whatever threat may have been posed by several dozen chickens. Wild bad news for the chickens. This is also potentially good news for the australian army who may now have a case that their defeat by querulous flux of emus in the scrubs of western australia in nineteen thirty two it happened. Look it up is now only the second greatest military embarrassment ever occasioned by birds. We're going to need that gear grounding sound effect again and the wolfe tones because moving sort of fanatically alone centrally pivoting from chickens to eggs. See good news for anybody who has ever wanted to celebrate. Easter and the easter rising with the same mouthful of chocolate shin fain have gone into the easter egg business. And no we will not at this time. Be stooping to the punch line about throwing off the british imperial yoke. This exciting new line of merchandise was announced by former shin. Fine president and renowned. Ira non-member gerry. Adams i this is a very very very special package that we have put together a considerable expense gerry adams. They're talking about putting together a package agenda. It's good news. One supposes that he absolutely unquestionably never was a member of the ira at all whatsoever as otherwise. This sort of chat could prompt anxious authorities to evacuate every building a six block radius to be seen in taiwan. Good news for especially determined appreciator of sushi. The sushi row chain of sushi restaurants has said it will feed for free any customer and five of the guests whose name includes the two chinese characters which represent salmon. This offer has caused a minor rung on deed poll forms as at least one hundred customers whether just huge consumers of sushi incredible type words or folks who just fancy being called salmon for some reason but never previously has an excuse have altered their identity. Accordingly this boon has been tempered somewhat by taiwan's ministry of the interior. Which has reminded that under taiwanese law. You only get three cracks at changing your name. Meaning that any participants in the scheme run the risk of being called simon forever and or ruling themselves out of potential future bonanzas if they can not in accordance with some hypothetical as yet unlocked promotion. Rename themselves soup trouser. Press old bucket and maestro the national anthem of finland all seriously what a racket anyway good news for finland which for the fourth year running has been declared the happiest country on earth by the gallup survey which measures global levels of cheerfulness. The famously if not proverbially. Self effacing so rough. Sturdy challenges by denmark switzerland iceland and the netherlands to retain the title prompting scenes of giddy abandoned in turku. It was reported that two neighbors had nodded at each other. While a man in helsinki was witnessed regarding the middle distance with an expression of stolid satisfaction. It seems only fitting to leave the last word this week to monaco. Twenty fours resident fin. Marcus hippie. who will communicate something of the jubilation currently consuming his nation with the unbound exuberance for which his people are famed. Who ray. I contain my excitement. I am even more delirious than usual about being finished zebra to dr not form. They'll take some stopping next year as well for monocle. Twenty four. i'm andrew model. Thank you very much andrea. And his guest star marcus. Let's continue now. Today's newspapers joining me on the line is in anderson former political adviser and chairman of the international communications agency. Cicero group in good morning to you warming. Shall we start with the financial times where we're looking at. The threat of the vaccine will growing as boris johnson. The british prime minister lobbies e you leaders. What's the detail on that story. So it appears boris johnson. It's redolent of the brexit negotiation in strange ways now reaching out to individual member states like belgium and germany and france and the netherlands in order to dissuade european leaders in the summit. That's coming up on thursday. From banning any exports of the vaccine from the eu area to the uk. Now johnson is saying that astra zeneca. That's making this particular vaccine is contracted to export. Lose boils uk foamy factory in the netherlands. And he's really angry at what. The european commission president on a land was saying at the end of last week Which witty raised this spectre. All if you're like a vaccine war. I mean the eu has said as in the past seeking division amongst member. States will not succeed. That's pretty strong words. The ease gonna fight back on this. Would it looks like it will as as it strangely redlands from some of the conversations that took place around the brexit agreement where the uk government tried to sort of pick off conversations with individual eu states and now looks like we might have a vaccine warn taking place of course a european countries are looking in only uk which just over this weekend achieved over fifty percent of its population being vaccinated. I was. I was one of them on saturday. And i think that's gonna robber stirring the politics of this perhaps rather than the global effort to it get vaccinated eliminate. The house of this really is astra zeneca and the fact that they slashed early supply targets in the contract with the eu. That's right. I mean the relationship between the eu and astrazeneca has been pretty poor through all of this. Of course what astrazeneca would say what the uk government would say was that some deal was signed with the uk over three months before the e you go intact together last year so astrazeneca's making the point. The uk government's making the point that in contract law is the most important thing and the uk and the deal with astrazeneca. Will they got their act together for forward on of from whether you for the eu. Now you've had the job. I've had the job but until everybody's had the job. The world is not safe and the new york times reports that rich countries have signed away the chance to vaccinate the world. This is a really interesting long read. In the new york titans basically the heart of it is of my patents and a whether or not a given the fact we're going through a global pandemic the wrong thing to do might have beaten to wipe away the usual patents that are ascribed to a particular pharmaceutical company and given the level of public funding huge amount in america. Huge amounts in the uk huge remains in the eu. Actually just give kind of open access to these vaccines not just to help. In countries i've mentioned but how the global effort itself. It's a very very interesting read. And i think that will be one of the long term questions that remains from this entire crisis I mean the the the piece goes on to say that Wealthy middle income countries have received about ninety percent of the nearly four hundred million vaccines that have been delivered so far but under current projections many of the rest will have to wait for years. And i mean not just prolongs the pandemic for everyone. Well that's exactly right. I mean people are getting concerned about whether or not they'll be able to take a foreign holiday inn in the coming twelve months. Perhaps more fundamental concern is in developing countries whether or not there is a massive health emergency. That is going to wash over those countries in the next two to three years..
"four hundred million vaccines" Discussed on The Current
"Canada has assured canadians. There is no need for concern at this point in time. Based on the information that has been reviewed by health canada. There is no Safety concern with the detroit bombali recipient but we're actively looking into the issue not everyone sees it the same way. Several countries in europe have suspended the role of this vaccine. After cases of blood clots in people who had gotten the shot and now some canadians are refusing to take the astra zeneca vaccine on top of this. There's now concern that we are heading into or perhaps already in a third wave of covid. Andre picard is the globe and mail's health columnist. Andre good morning good morning. How concerning is it to you that these european countries have suspended the astrazeneca vaccine rollet. Thanks not overly concerning know. It's not a bad thing. To err on the side of caution especially when you have alternatives. They have a lot of vaccines of different sorts. So it's not a great concern scientifically. I think that the communications aspect does a little bit scary. It's hard for the public to sort all this out. Tell me more about that because there are questions as to whether this is about science or politics or some area in between i'd say probably some area in between so you know when new vaccines roll out we watch very carefully for for signals. That things could be going badly and when you have a drug that's been used to right now there's been four hundred million vaccines vaccinate a in a done for corona virus very large number of orch short periods. All kinds of things going on to try to figure out are they caused by the vaccine. Is it just. Haphazard is a chance and it's hard to figure out those signals from the noise. And i think that's what scientists around the world and regulators around the world are trying to figure well and you talk about regulators health canada yesterday that it's the same proportion of blood clots that would be expected for the population outside of vaccination campaign. So do we know if there is any causal link between those blood clots and the vaccine. The doesn't seem to be so the consensus. I think the larger consensus. I know it seems to be about the normal number. But there's these little concerning things that The people who are getting these blood clots tend to be young They're happening in little spurts Some countries have many more per capita than than others..
"four hundred million vaccines" Discussed on Start Here
"Much thanks brad. Excellent start here doesn't matter whether your governor is a republican or democrat. They're all asking president biden for the same thing. Will they get it after the break. Oh we got a new president biden watch continues and we continue to see big moments left and right the president vines phone to president putin. Can you give a give us an update on the nature of their call came up. Well the call. Yesterday we learned president biden. His first call. With russian president vladimir putin actually reached one piece of common ground extension on a nuclear arms training and also to of concern including the solar winds hack reports of russia placing bounties on united states soldiers in afghanistan. Interfere you also get a newly confirmed secretary of state. New secretary of defense. A lot was happening. I i liked update you on the aggressive steps. Were taken to meet our goal. Administering one hundred million cohen nineteen vaccines shots within within a hundred days but the biggest concern now are the calls coming to biden. every day. from governor's saying we need more vaccine doses and we need them now. Abc's and florida has been covering every angle of the vaccine distribution process. And i want to ask you about. What biden is talking about these initiatives in a second. I can you dispel out for me like what are states looking at. Where do we stand right now. Well the biggest thing brad is that they just need more supply. The governors are saying that they have the capacity to start rolling out this vaccine In mass numbers we saw in denver over last weekend. They gave it to over a thousand seniors by the end of this month. A covert nineteen vaccine will been offered to every resident and staff member at all florida's nearly four thousand long term care facilities which is really really good. We're seeing governor disentis in florida expanding the eligibility beyond who. We thought that this would initially go to and just saying come one come all. I know you've been forced to close to main vaccinations sites because supply. Doesn't there george good to be with you but what they're really up against is not enough supply. We need probably two or three times. The weekly dosage. We're getting right now. So one thing that we've heard about from this new administration come since they've come in as you know they want to set up these fema run vaccination sites mobile vans that will go through neighborhoods and offer these vaccines to people. We had more supply. We could certainly do more nor doing now. Three point two million the illinois in phase one b so there will be far greater demand than supply for we simply do not have enough vaccine and i can't emphasize that enough. The governor said the thing that we need the most is. Just the vaccine doses. We can deliver it if you provide it and then that all changed yesterday when president biden made a big announcement today i'm directing covid nineteen response coordinator jeff signs here to work with the department of health and human services increase total supply of vaccine for the american people. What president of biden announced yesterday is that he wants to significantly increase. Us commitments to buy more back scene. And we believe that will soon be able to confirm the purchase of an additional hundred billion doses for each of the two fda authorized vaccine pfizer maderno. We've had up until this point Contracts to buy four hundred million vaccine doses by pfizer and madonna. That's enough for only two hundred million americans adults. Us adults He wants to get that number up to six hundred million doses. That would be enough for the first time to vaccinate all pretty much the entire. Us population three hundred million people. We answer you're saying like there's three hundred million people in the country that we never actually have had like three hundred peoples worth of backseat. Like we've never actually had that locked away. The that's what biden accomplish yesterday saying the we've got the orders in that's right. I mean we. We had worked with madonna and pfizer. Two by four hundred million vaccine doses. The question became. Where was the us government. Going to get more doses. I think the trump administration. If you were to talk to them they would say look. We don't wanna put all of our eggs in one basket. We want to consider the johnson and johnson vaccine if that comes online that's going to give the biden administration more vaccines that they want. I want to repeat. It'll be enough to fully vaccinate. Three hundred americans to beat this pandemic three hundred million americans and what we heard yesterday was the new president said. That's that would be the best problem ever to have the biggest problem. I hope you're all asking me in by the end of the summer that you have too much vaccine. Leftover you have too much equipment leftover. That's not my worry. Hope that becomes the problem rather than we somehow find interruptions in supply access. All right great. So does that address. The concerns that we're seeing from these states right now so actually not at all. Brad i mean this is this is about. It doesn't change the time line at all. So we've been told repeatedly that april is going to be this season as they call it for lack of a better term about when everybody's going to be eligible to get a dose or to get their for shot but as we've learned in the past few weeks eligibility is not the same as availability from this week forward god willing will ensure that states tribes and territories will now always have reliable three week forecast. What the supply they're gonna get so they'll know three weeks at a time what's going to be there in the third week so the big question here is how can he ramp up supply and what we heard from some of his top advisors. They said that. Look we're still working on it But at least we have the doses in the pipeline. And by fall when you know. We don't want to get to a point where we're going to be facing down another winter. We know we have enough vaccines for the country. We're getting about sixteen seventeen percent more so at least now. We can do a schedule for three weeks and we can schedule appointments and start to run on efficient rather. It's i think it's a step forward but it's not an immediate fix. It's that's going to change what the governors are dealing with right now right. It's so counterintuitive because in the beginning we were all saying like pfizer moderna. They're doing their job. It's it's us. It's americans gotta get more organized. When it comes to injecting people will now. We're like gavin people left and right. We're waiting for the shots themselves. Which experts at said. That's actually the more preferable problem. Feel that way. When you're stuck trying to navigate these systems that change every few weeks but bottom line is with more people. Being vaccinated biden is essentially saying. Hey even if we don't get a third or fourth new vaccine online we will have enough of these to tax every single american sooner or later and flaherty thank you. Thanks fred who. Kobe might seem like the most pressing issue for so many americans because it's everywhere right like covert affects so many parts of our lives will president biden also issued an executive order yesterday on prisons and it is just the beginning tomorrow. Administration's plan to address systemic problems in our criminal justice system and part of his rationale for doing this so quickly was that prisons affect a lot more than just what happens within their four walls the effect surrounding community they affect literally the rest of people's lives and you could argue that prisons even affect what people get prosecuted for in the first place. It's gonna. abc's cecilia. Vega joins us now. You've.
"four hundred million vaccines" Discussed on The World and Everything In It
"Nine million people have gotten their first of the pfizer or modern vaccine's that's about three percent of the population and while the fact that anyone has gotten a cova vaccine shot within a year of the pandemic start is an achievement. These numbers are still far below the trump administration's projected goal. Dr monsef. slouch is chief medical advisor for operation warp speed in november. He said twenty million americans could get the vaccine by the end of the year. We plan to have enough vaccine. Those is available for use indian population to is about twenty million individuals in the month of december but getting vaccine from a factory. All the way to an arm is proving more difficult than expected david. Ding specializes in healthcare. Supply chains at rutgers. Business school he compares the vaccine supply chain to a river starting with the headwaters so all streaming essentially the night factors the upstream supply chain also includes securing the ingredients to make the vaccines and the government regulations to certify them david. Ding says the trump administration. Help take care of these upstream issues. The help those thumper companies to speed up the clinical trial process to find the best candidates for the vaccine and also help us from companies to secure their raw material roseanne including the bows and others other packaging material rose by the end of twenty twenty operation warp speed had purchased four hundred million vaccines and so far is delivered twenty five and a half million doses two states ding says. The operation is running into more trouble downstream in the states. They're vaccines have to flow through the final whitewater rapids of coordination storage and distribution the larger. Problem we have right now is what we usually bottleneck or another term last mile delivery to administrate the vaccine to patients arms. And it's not really a new problem. Bruce why lee is with the kuni school of public health. We've seen this before. Where a lot of the focus is in. Okay how do we encourage development of a new vaccine but then many times the logistics of producing and the delivery distributing. The vaccines is overlooked. If you're not actually delivering to people he's not going to have an infected disease. There are a few reasons for the current bottleneck. The first is the sheer scope of the task. David dombrowski is a supply chain professor at the university of arkansas. What we're asking healthcare providers and pharmacies to do right now is on a scale that has never been realised previously dope. Rakowski says the second problem comes down to a shortage of manpower. hospitals have to inoculate their own workers while still caring for all of their patients. Hospitals are very very good at complex. Care they are the place to go if you need. Icu care for a covid condition. But they're not really organized in a way for vaccine distribution for the federal government contract with drugstores cvs and walgreens to immunize nursing home staff and residents pharmacies. Know how to provide medicine in stores but delivering. It is another thing. This is a whole new twist now that we're asking pharmacies to administer those vaccines outside of the confines of their facility in actually travel to a nursing home for a larger scale type of vaccination that and there's something else rutgers david ding says supply chains rely on demand and right now some frontline workers especially in nursing homes. Don't want the vaccine. Those a very high percentage of people refuse to take kobe vaccine in ohio. More than half the people working nursing homes refused to get a shot at a veterans home in illinois. Only one in five. Staffers got the vaccine. Ding dobric hausky and we expect that as time goes on hospitals and pharmacies will find their stride and demand is likely to pick up as well but as distribution widens to the general public dobrusky predicts new sources of bottlenecks a challenges that the distribution supply chain faces. Today again in early january will be very different in early february march april and so forth reporting for world. I'm sarah weinsberg.