This feels true, especially if you’re one of the many millions eager to get vaccinated. What’s taking so long?
And it is objectively true in some respects. As of this morning, more than 30 millions doses had been distributed across the country and just 12 million doses have been administered. Many, many people will die in the next month or two because supply couldn’t meet demand efficiently.
But then you look at a graph like this and have deja vu. As bad as things were in the U.S. when COVID descended on New York this past spring, they were worse per capita in some western European countries. Is our rollout a “dismal failure” because we’re incompetent or is it a dismal failure because western bureaucracies as a rule (Israel excluded!) just can’t move at the speed they need to move anymore?