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A crazy idea: Tell the truth

Whenever I have advocated a different Covid vaccine policy, people tell me that there was a risk that my ideas would lead to a loss of confidence among the public.  This never made sense to me.  Wouldn’t the public have more confidence in authorities if they told the truth and did what is best? More specifically, I advocated that the US adopt a “first-dose-first” policy, that we approve the Astra-Zeneca vaccine, and I opposed the halt in the Johnson & Johnson...

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Privileges and Privacy for the Rulers

Recent journalistic investigations revealed that the family and friends of New York governor Andrew Cuomo benefited from nomenklatura privileges at the time when ordinary people had problems getting Covid-19 tests and timely results. These state-privileged people could be tested rapidly, often at home and many times if they wished. Their tests were often rushed to laboratories by state troopers and treated in priority. Liz Wolfe of Reason Magazine writes: There was...

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In Praise of CVS

As I mentioned in a recent post, Monterey County, where I live, is behind almost every other part of the country in achieving vaccinations. Enter CVS. Last Friday, my wife, Rena, got on a user-friendly CVS site to see where she could get vaccinated. She was still working with it when I left for work. I have a 10-minute commute. A minute after I arrived at work, she called and told me that she had an appointment for the following Monday, Feb. 15, in Capitola, about 45...

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Great Moment in Public Service Number 12,933

I live in Monterey County, where the Monterey County Health Officer, Dr. Edward Moreno, has had a lot of control over our daily lives since last March. Many of us were hoping that at least he would do his job and get Monterey County its pro rata share of the Covid-19 vaccines allocated to California. No such luck. Here’s what a local weekly publication, the Carmel Pine Cone, reported in an email on February 13: On Thursday the Wall Street Journal, citing data from...

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Will the Vaccines Mess With Our DNA?

A friend on an email group I’m on asked my friend and co-author Charley Hooper the following question about the COVID-19 vaccines: Are you sure that the vaccine won’t mess with our genes? Charley allowed me to share his answer: No, I’m not 100% sure. But I’m one minus epsilon (a very small number) sure. Biological reason: I’m not an expert in this area. This is from my reading…RNA is a notoriously fragile molecule. Delivering mRNA successfully to the cells inside our...

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Charles Barkley Articulates the Benefit Principle

There are various versions of the benefit principle of taxation. One is the James Buchanan/Knut Wicksell version, which says that to get unanimous agreement for a government expenditure, you need to have people pay an amount in taxes that is less than the benefit they perceive. That’s not what former NBA player Charles Barkley articulates but nevertheless he does state a reasonable version of the benefit principle. Barkley said yesterday that NBA, NFL, and NHL...

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Noubar Afeyan on Academia, Business, Immigration, and the American Dream

Tyler Cowen has posted an outstanding interview of Noubar Afeyan, co-founder of Moderna, which produces one of the two COVID-19 vaccines approved so far by the Food and Drug Administration. Tyler is at the top of his game, asking really good questions, and you can just see the respect that that creates in Afeyan. Some highlights follow. On individualized medicine We have a program in cancer vaccines. You might say, “What does a cancer vaccine have to do with...

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Oops: The Problem with the Athey, Kremer, Snyder, and Tabarrok Proposal

They implicitly threw away markets in favor of central planning. An advance market commitment for Covid-19 should combine “push” and “pull” incentives. The “pull” incentive is the commitment to buy 300 million courses of vaccine at a per-person price of $100, for vaccines produced within a specified time frame. If multiple vaccines are developed, the A.M.C. fund will have authority to choose products to purchase based on efficacy, the availability of sufficient...

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We Could Have Had the Vaccine in Early Spring at the Latest

You may be surprised to learn that of the trio of long-awaited coronavirus vaccines, the most promising, Moderna’s mRNA-1273, which reported a 94.5 percent efficacy rate on November 16, had been designed by January 13. This was just two days after the genetic sequence had been made public in an act of scientific and humanitarian generosity that resulted in China’s Yong-Zhen Zhang’s being temporarily forced out of his lab. In Massachusetts, the Moderna vaccine design...

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Powell & Mnuchin Testify Before Congress Today!

A Pfennig For Your Thoughts December 1, 2020 * The dollar bugs fight back on Monday…  * Gold & Silver are back on the rally tracks today!  Good Day… And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! And Welcome to December… And good riddance to November!!! I think I’m going to need Tom Terrific today to fight off the Crabby Appleton mood I’m in this morning… You see, the gout in my arm returned over the weekend, and the normal treatment for this ailment is a 5 day pack of steroids. Unfortunately,...

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