when it was determined that ventilators were needed...production was ramped up and ventilators were made. Same thing can be done for vaccines...or ANYTHING ELSE that we NEED to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed. It truly IS that simple. HOWEVER...the federal government is deciding the distribution of the monoclonal antibody treatments that they have IN STOCK already.
. W2B - are you saying you believe that the govt, scientists, and MAB manufacturers are just not producing the MABs? That any of those entitles are holding it back because… what? They WANT people to suffer and die?
Or if they are producing, do you think the producers/govt are stockpiling existing stock - again, because they want people to suffer and die? Or for some other nefarious reason?
Is it possible to believe that there simply are NOT ENOUGH of these treatments right now? That Omicron and cold weather and perhaps other factors all came together to create a MUCH greater demand than there is supply?
As I said earlier (or maybe in another thread), just last week (on 1/3 or 1/4) a friend of mine received MABs w/o issue. On 1/3, my WH’s PCP asked if he wanted to get MABs in light of his positive test & comorbidities (he declined, as his symptoms didn’t really warrant it - which means his dose could go to someone who REALLY needed it). Yet that’s changed in LESS THAN ONE WEEK bc in that week the # of cases / demand has skyrocketed.
The same thing is happening with tests - they were PLENTIFUL in the first few days after Xmas - I know at least 20-30 people who were tested in those few days - same day appts or walk up, in/out in about 30 min. By 12/30, that had completely changed. NO appts available anywhere I looked, LONG (like 2-4 hours long) lines at walk up. My local drive up place had to stop drive up bc of the traffic issues.
Isn’t it just simple math to see that if we have 100 doses and 1000 people who need it, some folks are not going to get it. We are what - about six weeks out from 1st US cases of Omicron, and a mere two weeks or so since it began to really explode. Do you think that PPE and vents and the ‘ANYTHING ELSE" we needed when Covid first hit were produced, distributed, and in use w/in a couple of weeks? Or months?
It seems to me that even if we attributed ONLY selfish motives to govt/science/manufacturers, that strictly selfish motivation - in and of itself - would be enough to have all the MABs we want or need. Manufacturers will make $, scientist can make $ and advance careers, and govt/electeds can brag about their leadership skills in getting the treatment to the people / advance careers, get elected, etc. I mean, if you put yourself in the shoes of any of the folks in the supply/distribution chain (research & development, testing, approval, manufacture, distribution, etc), can you think of a SINGLE reason why anyone in that line would NOT be doing everything they can to get treatments into bodies? Maybe I’m dense, but I sure as heck can’t think of any.
You started this thread to have respectful discussion, and I really do appreciate that. Yet, it kind of feels that the issue of supply/demand, timing is ignored or chalked up to some evil plan to just let folks die, which I just can’t wrap my head around.
And as Tush and other have said - EVERYONE is doing the best that they can… so why can’t we think the same about those in the supply chain? From research to production to distribution to those on the front lines who actually administer these treatments? Do you think the folks who changed the distribution model (WAY back in Sept) and are distributing MABs today (in the midst of our current - and HUGE - wave) are somehow NOT doing their best to get as much of these treatments to folks in need?