Maybe the best failing of the American media this 12 months has been a widespread neglect to place Covid dangers within the context of different dangers to human well being—together with dangers created by the myopic concentrate on Covid.
Thank goodness the medical analysis enterprise appears on its solution to addressing the supply of a lot worry. The Journal’s Jared Hopkins reports:
Pfizer Inc. and accomplice BioNTech stated they plan to ask U.S. well being regulators on Friday to allow use of their Covid-19 vaccine, a milepost in months of frantic efforts to discover a drugs that would beat again a rampaging pandemic.
As soon as the businesses file, it might be as much as the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration to determine whether or not the two-shot vaccine works safely sufficient to roll out to hundreds of thousands of individuals…
A inexperienced gentle would cap the quickest vaccine growth program ever within the West, going from laboratory to authorization in lower than a 12 months.
Sadly most media protection shouldn’t be enhancing on the identical charge, and will even encourage politicians to repeat the panic that impressed the spring shutdowns.
The U.S. demise toll is gloomy sufficient with out efforts to make it seem even sadder. “How a lot is 250,000 deaths? Sufficient to empty huge swaths of the nation,” is the weird headline on a Washington Put up report.