Archive for January 14th, 2021

Vax: Do we have a supply problem or a demand problem?

January 14, 2021

In interesting opinion piece on CNBC got me thinking.

Scott Gottleib — a former FDA chief — opined that:

Demand (for vaccine) is very deep — there are people who really want it badly — but the demand is not very wide.

The specific implication:

Once we get 60 [million], 70 [million], 80 million Americans inoculated, we’re going to find it’s a  more difficult to get people to line up for a vaccination.

The proof points:

> Surveys are still indicating the 25 to 40% of Americans are reluctant to get vaccinated because they are generally anti-vax … or, they’re specifically suspicious of a vaccine developed under Trump’s Operation Warp Speed.

> There are reports that about half of all hospital personnel, nursing home workers and first-responders are declining offered vaccinations.

> Anecdotally, there are reports that many people “at the margins” are willing to get vaccinated but not willing to jump through bureaucratic hoops or stand in long lines.

So What?


Support impeachment?

January 14, 2021

That’s the question that a couple of pollsters asked Americans … with predictable results

According to a Hill-HarrisX poll taken before the Congressional vote:

  • 44% support Trump’s impeachment and removal from office
  • 18% think that Trump should be censured
  • 38% said no action should be taken toward him.

  • 79% of Democrats said Trump should be impeached and removed
  • 71% of Republicans said no action should be taken
  • 38% of Independents think that Trump should be impeached & removed; 36% think that nothing should be done; 26% think that Trump should be censured.


A Politico-Morning Consult poll had similar findings:

Overall, 44% said ‘yes’; 41% said “no”; and 8% said “what?”

Digging into the details:

81% of Dems said ‘yes’; 84% of GOP said “no

> A plurality of Independents (44%) said “no”; 41% said “yes”.


So what happened?

Consistent with the surveys’ partisan findings:

> 222 Dems voted for impeachment

>  10 GOP voted for impeachment

> 197 GOP voted against impeachment

Depending on political leaning, the vote is being headlined as either “bipartisan approval” … or “party line vote”.

You decide.

Regardless, Biden’s First 100 Days just got a bit more complicated.

Vive la Unité!

Jan. 14: COVID Data Dashboard

January 14, 2021

Vaccinations: U.S. Total
Doses Distributed    29.4 MM
Doses Inoculated    10.3 MM
% Pop Vaxed         3.11 %
Current Day Shots    952 K
7-day average       598 K

Source: CDC   Updated: 1/13/2021

393,609 Deaths-to-Date

3,780 Daily New Deaths  (peak 4,100 Jan. 12)
> 7-day average 3,431      (peak 3,431 Jan. 13)


Confirmed Cases
218,955 New Cases
> 7-day average  253,758

Currently Hospitalized
 Current level
> 7-day average 131,114