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The CDC Missed an Opportunity in Michigan

This is addendum to a prior post. The CDC projected over a month ago that hospitalizations would rise in Michigan faster than any other state. Couple of things. 1) its failure to increase Michigan's vaccine allocation wasn't a failure of analytics, 2) CDC decision-makers were either unaware of these forecasts, didn't believe them, didn't think they were important, or didn't want to go to the trouble of making potentially unpopular decisions.

This is a dereliction of duty and a reluctance to accept accountability. And to lecture Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan's governor, that increasing its allocation won't solve the crisis now omits the important qualification that the CDC had information that could have lessened Michigan's current crisis.

I think the nastiness associated with the criticism of decision-makers has been uncalled for and counter-productive. However, the decision-making process must be reviewed, and I really do believe the situation merits a resignation to, if nothing else, serve as a tangible demonstration that political expedience should not always serve as a guiding light.


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