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We're *Finally* Picking Up Speed In Vaccination Distribution

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The tally of Covid vaccine doses administered in the U.S. rose by 1.25 million Monday, a record daily gain amid what’s been an otherwise slow rollout of the shots.

Bloomberg is counting vaccine doses administered in the U.S. and around the world, collecting data from state vaccine reports and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because the CDC and some states don’t report on the weekend, Monday’s tally includes catch-up from prior days.

Since the U.S. began administering vaccines on Dec. 14, 9.27 million doses have been given, and at least 379,862 people have gotten their second shots. Early vaccination efforts have focused on health-care workers, but complaints about the slow pace has prompted some governors running the programs to expand them to more groups. 

This is good news for a few reasons: 

1. More and more people are becoming immune to the virus
2. MLB owners are using the pandemic as an excuse to not start the season on time. They care about players safety!! Aka they want to make sure they can have fans in the stands to net as much $$$ as possible, which is... whatever. 

Anyways, the rollout of the vaccine has been a disaster thus far. The federal government stated they wanted 20MM people vaccinated by 1/1/2021. Well... it's 1/12/21 and only about 9.3MM doses have been given, which vaccinates about 4.65MM people. So they missed their mark and missed it by a lot. 

BUT but but... 1.25MM people more received the shot through the weekend and Monday. Good news! Now keep at that same trajectory, and before you know it, we should theoretically be able to open bars, restaurants, theaters and other yes, stadiums to some extent. 

The AP also reported that the Federal Government has also instructed states to speed up their distribution:

Barely a month into a mass vaccination campaign to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration unexpectedly shifted gears Tuesday to speed the delivery of shots. A slow start had triggered widespread concern from states and public health officials.

Now, Health and Human Services Alex Azar has announced two major changes. First, the government will no longer hold back required second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, practically doubling supply. Second, states should immediately start vaccinating other groups lower down the priority scale, including people age 65 and older, and younger people with certain health problems.

Johnson and Johnson might also be close to getting a single dose vaccine approved by the FDA:

And that can only help as far as allotment and speed of allotment is concerned. REALLY GOOD NEWS! 

Love that. Love all of it. I got shit on a few weeks back because I feel that once health care workers, the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions are vaccinated, people should be allowed to live their lives as they want to again, and that's because I can read simple statistics:

To each their own. This is how I feel and I feel this way based on the numbers. I'm hard pressed to even call it an opinion, but if I don't I'll get dragged on the internet streets. I just hate seeing friends of mine have their businesses gutted by no fault of their own, and now that we're inching along to vaccinating all those who want the vaccine that are either on the front lines or older in age, I feel that we should be able to open our country again. That doesn't mean I think it should be a free for all, but that we should be able to go back to somewhat normal days. As the year goes on and more and more people are vaccinated, let's pack 40,000 people into Sox Park.  Boom, lock it up and rub it down. 

But back to the rollout: Illinois has only distributed about 37% of their allotted vaccines, good for 46 out of 50 states in the union. Hey Mayor Lightfoot! Hey Governor Pritzker! PICK IT THE FUCK UP!!! By this time a month from now, there's NO EXCUSE to not be completely done vaccinating the elderly, health care workers, and those with pre-existing conditions. None at all. Nobody wants to hear you bitch and moan about lack of supply when you are near the absolute bottom of barrel when it comes to distributing the supply you've already been allotted. 

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Again, with baseball seemingly starting on time, per Commissioner Manfred…

…I want to be front and center watching this shit: 

That shouldn't be too much to ask. So let's continue with the pace we saw over the weekend and I'll see ya'll at Declan's and in Lot B.