Letters: Look outside government for expertise in product — in this case, the vaccine — rollout

6January 2021

As we enter into 2021 with high expectations on vaccinations as our “light at the end of the tunnel,” it’s important to keep a few facts in front of us. It’s been said by a number of experts that the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine is the largest product launch in the history of the world. The U.S. currently spends far more than any other developed nation on our healthcare delivery system, with outcomes and efficacy ranking below more than 20 other developed nations.

To think that our federal and state governments, in partnership with the healthcare delivery industry, is going to rapidly and effectively roll out this vaccine, is not supported by past performances in government or healthcare. If we are going to get to a million vaccinations per day, we will need to engage experts who have actually done this type of thing successfully in the past.

Supply chain and marketing experts from companies such as Coke, Pepsi, Anheuser Busch and perhaps Amazon need to be at the table sharing their experience and advice. When Coke decided to change their formula, they made sure everyone could get it day one, and they made sure you were aware of it.  No one knows how to get stuff to people faster and more cheaply than Amazon. While there are a lot of differences between beverage marketing and distribution vs. vaccines, there are also a ton of similarities.

The governor of Minnesota needs to look outside the government and healthcare industry for the experience it’s going to take to make this happen quickly.

John Beesley, St. Paul


In it together? Not exactly

Readers here were recently treated to a lengthy lecture outlining the bold leadership that Gov. Walz has demonstrated in battling COVID.

There is no statistical evidence that any of his tactics have had a positive impact on the virus.

In fact, some neighboring states that have implemented none of the Walz rules show the same or better results.

If an individual is over 50 and did not die from gunfire or being hit by a dump truck, the death will be attributed to COVID. And while that is not accurate, it does fit the prevailing narrative.

Other politicians also reminded us that, “We’re all in this together.” Well, not exactly, they have an income and thousands of us don’t.

Jon Swenson, Eagan

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