While people in developing countries are desperate to get vaccinated, privileged Americans hesitate and refuse.
Junaid Nabi at NPR.org:
This ongoing COVID-19 vaccine distribution crisis has revealed the core drivers of inequity in global health: People in rich countries do not recognize the universality of health care problems and often see infectious disease outbreaks as problems for “other people in other countries.” The major lesson of the pandemic — that infections do not respect national boundaries — is yet to be heeded.
So for the people who say, “I want to watch and wait,” I would like to remind them that their vacillations are reckless and cruel. They upend the sacrifices we have all made together to end the pandemic. By not doing your part to reduce the risks, you increase the risks for all of us. And that’s a very peculiar response to this catastrophic pandemic.