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Los Angeles Vaccine Distribution Getting Back On Track

Eugene Adams

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The United States hit a grim milestone Monday. There have now been over 500,000 confirmed deaths due to Covid-19. That is more than double any other country in the world. 

Here in Los Angeles County, there have been 1,180,485 cases with 19,885 deaths. A majority of those are from the city of Los Angeles. 

Vaccine Distribution Getting Back on Track

The vaccine distribution has been a nightmare. There have been many problems, one after the other. 

First, there were more doses than we could administer. Then, we could administer the doses, but not enough were being shipped. Now, winter storms delayed the shipments. 

Thankfully all those problems appear to be fixed. The city of Los Angeles will restart its mass distribution hubs on Tuesday. 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said: 

“With new shipments comes a renewed sense of determination to vaccinate as many Angelenos as possible, and move closer to the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Now that the city has a handle on that, there is a new problem to tackle. The current vaccine distribution has been unequal. Minority communities have been receiving the vaccine at much lower rates. 

Governor Newsom announced an agreement with Blue Shield to design and manage a system to administer the vaccine more equitable. They hope to use data to guarantee that the vaccines are distributed to low-income communities.

The exact details of the systems are still being worked out. But, the goal of equity in vaccine distribution is one that most people can get behind. 

Fauci Admits He Did a Bad Job

For those who don’t know, Dr. Fauci is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. Dealing with a pandemic such as this one is by far his biggest responsibility. 

By his own admission

“We’ve done worse than most any other country, and we’re a highly-developed rich country.”

Of course, he does not deserve all the blame. There is plenty of blame to go around. However, no amount of blame will change the fact that he has done a much worse job than his peers globally. 

It is not all negative, though. Dr. Fauci does show some optimism about the next year.

“I think we’re going to have a significant degree of normality beyond what the terrible burden that all of us have been through over the last year. … As we get into the fall and the winter, by the end of the year, I agree with the president completely that we will be approaching a degree of normality. It may or may not be precisely the way it was in November of 2019, but it’ll be much much better than what we’re doing right now.”

LA Unified Limited Reopening

The Los Angeles Unified School District claimed that schools could not reopen until all the teachers were vaccinated. Thankfully they have changed their stance. 

Superintendent Austin Beutner announced Monday that:

“In anticipation of a more complete reopening of schools in April, we will begin next week to offer child care, one-on-one and small group instruction, services for students with special needs, and a return to athletic conditioning. Your school principal will have more information on this during the course of the week.”

This is a welcome step towards normalcy that has been a long time coming. The teachers union and the district are still in negotiations about the specifics about schools reopening. They, of course, want to do everything as safely as possible. 

In an effort to increase the safety of school reopenings, the state will start to reserve a portion of vaccines each week for teachers. According to Governor Newsom, 10% of the weekly vaccine supplies will be reserved for school staff and childcare providers starting March 1st. 

When asked about the move, Governor Newsom said

“The reason we can do [this] more formally [now], even though we have allowed for it over the course of the last number of weeks, is ….[becuase of] more vaccinations that we know are now coming from the Biden administration.”

Final Thought

The grim number of 500,000 deaths is hard to swallow. But, thankfully, there is some good news for Los Angeles residents to feel optimistic about. 

Vaccine distribution should be back on track starting tomorrow. Also, our schools will slowly start to reopen. Even Dr. Fauci’s prediction of returning to something resembling normal by the end of the year is positive news. However, we all hope Dr. Fauci’s prediction is on the conservative side and actually happens a little faster. 

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