Over the last few months I’ve been really well behaved. I didn’t want to upset any applecarts, annoy anyone struggling through the holidays, or drive away any readers from my fellow authors.
This morning I was watching cable news, and some brain-damaged, self-important twit from the network was interviewing an administrator at an extended care facility. Assisted living to be precise. He was whining about, and hoping to get her to whine, (and I paraphrase) “That they may not get the vaccine for another 4-6 weeks. How could it be that they weren’t at the top of the list. Especially since they wanted the vaccine, unlike many other rural areas.”
I still have the television. Barely. Let me dissect this crap-souffle.
First, it was in Rockford, Il. Population 150,000. This is not Hooterville, and Uncle Joe isn’t scheming with Sam Drucker to keep those evil feds and their demon medicine out of Kate’s hotel. Rockford is a big place.
More importantly, the media contempt for fly-overland is showing here. Unless you’re a sophisticate from New York, you are rural. I know for a fact that I’m a rube in their eyes: they’ve told me so for years. You know, if you don’t have a sidewalk in front of your house, and a 24-hour Chinese joint next door, you are a hick. A moron. A bozo. Worse yet, you probably voted for Donald Trump, because only stupid white people in the sticks did that… (That’s another blog.)
But the premise of the whole piece really annoyed me: no vaccine for another 2 months.
Really. Vaccines, usually a 5 year project, were put through at Warp Speed by President Trump’s hard efforts. I don’t care if you hate him, he mobilized the nation to produce these needed products to deal with a pandemic. The definition of pandemic is world-wide. Now, before you lose your mind (the three liberals that read the blog) it is all over the world. It is now hitting super hard in those places that “showed how to do it.” All of them. And I don’t see South Korea, Burma, Brazil, Venezuala, Hungary, Iraq, Iran, Mali, or any of another 175 countries having developed this vaccine and set up distribution on a world-wide basis. Nope. A handful of western countries. Us. The U.S.A. leading the way.
So, now that we can say with confidence that this isn’t a plague sent by God to punish the United States for electing Donald Trump president (Yes, I have heard this from a few pulpits), we can see that it’s most places with some severity.
But the vaccine is pretty much a miracle. And part of the protocol is to test it, and make sure it’s safe and effective. That was authorized about 10 days ago. Some of the vaccine manufacturers were sure it would get approved, so they made millions of doses because they were pretty sure they’d make their money back in short order. But until that approval comes, it’s a gamble. That’s why they made millions of doses, and not hundreds of millions of doses.
Now that it’s approved, they will ramp up, and over the next six months everyone who wants to get the vaccine will be able to do so.
Thus, the senior housing facility in Rockford will have a vaccine in less than a year from the Chinese virus ripping through the world. LESS THAN A YEAR. Why, even rubes in rural Amerikkka will benefit.
My question is, when will all the super-important network reporters get their vaccine? Is there a special program because of their huge contribution to the human race?
Or will they get it in the order they deserve it: last. Because I’d be hard pressed to find an industry that has done more to inflict fear, panic, jealousy, racial animosity, and doubt on the American people. They are a plague on our nation, and the world.
That’s my thought for today. Perhaps some sort of short story later this week. It is in rough draft form, and reporters and lions abound.