Patrick Collison on vaccines

Pan-variant vaccines are a $1 trillion dollar bill on the sidewalk. Some combination of a lack of basic institutional seriousness and self-imposed straightjackets mean that we will probably get these vaccines much later (perhaps years later) than we otherwise could. It is intellectually internally consistent to believe that COVID doesn’t matter and that we consequently shouldn’t care about any of this. But it is not consistent to think that COVID matters and that this situation is anything other than crazy.

Here is the full piece, written for Slow Boring (which you should subscribe to and pay for, as I do), excellent throughout.  One lesson is that management really matters, public sector management most of all for a case like this.


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