Many Americans believe it is the responsibility of the CDC to fix the pandemic but it's not. The resolution to COVID lies in a partnership between the government, businesses, schools, and the public health system. The whole system requires an overhaul to be effective. The US lags behind the Western world in vaccination rates and to overcome this challenge and this virus we must all come together. Aligning COVID guidance to the already-familiar flu guidance is an important first step.
COVID vaccines were important in bringing the pandemic under control, but too little is still known to be pushing an annual shot, particularly for children who are at low risk of severe infection. The trials conducted so far by Pfizer not only lack adequate scientific rigor but have at times even produced fraudulent data according to whistleblowers. Governments around the world appear to have cut corners and distorted facts in their rush to approve and roll out vaccines at the height of the pandemic; the public now deserves full transparency and rigorous studies on long-term side effects, efficacy and protection against transmission.