This segment of What’s Ahead zeroes in on two critical steps that must be taken in response to the deadly surge in coronavirus cases.
First, priority for the upcoming vaccines should be given to those who are most vulnerable and likely to die from the disease: the elderly. People age 85 and above make up only 2% of the population but represent 33% of Covid-19 deaths. Start with that cohort, and then work down the age ladder. Obviously, caregivers who deal directly with Covid patients should also get the vaccine in the first round.
Second, politicians must cease imposing destructive and idiotic dictats, such as banning kids from physically attending schools—European schools are open with no harm done—or prohibiting outdoor dining. These acts are gratuitously and unnecessarily damaging the mental and financial health of millions of people.