January 31 According to the Associated Press local time on January 30, while millions of people in the United States are waiting for the coronavirus vaccine, board members, trustees and donors of hospitals across the state have been given the privilege of giving priority to vaccination.
The whole country has set off who will decide the best vaccination. The challenge of predecessor.
In Rhode Island, there were reports that two hospitals gave priority to coronavirus vaccinations to their board members, and the state’s Attorney General Peter Neronha intervened in the investigation.
Peter Nerona said in an interview with the Associated Press that if the Providence Journal reported that the hospital board members gave vaccination priority to the epidemic, it would be very frustrating, because the coronavirus vaccine has been in short supply and every dose is crucial.
Gov. Jay Inslee scolded a health care system in Washington after it offered its donors eligibility for coronavirus vaccination.
A Seattle-area health care system emailed invitations to about 110 donors who donated more than $10,000, telling them they could get a COVID-19 vaccine, emailed an access code, and could only be eligible to enroll “through invitations,” the Seattle Times reported. Subsequently, according to the public registration website of the medical system, the appointment has been fully booked.
In Kansas, committee members of a hospital were eligible for vaccination during the first phase of vaccination, which was targeted at people who were exposed to infection.
In addition, New Jersey, Florida and Virginia all have priority vaccinations to hospital donors, trustees and management relatives.
Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at New York University, said that regardless of the operation mode of hospitals everywhere, giving hospital board members access to vaccine privileges will only undermine public confidence in fair distribution.
This practice will only remind society that if you have money, connections, and know how to take advantage of loopholes, you can get access that others can’t get.
The U.S. media article pointed to the “abuse of privilege”, saying that due to the different vaccine allocation rules of each state, each hospital has its own room to decide, and it is difficult to determine whether they violate the principle of vaccine priority.
These problems seriously threaten the confidence of the American people in the national distribution of vaccines under the premise of vaccine shortage. Overseas Network Zhu Huiyue)