The federal government led by President Donald Trump has over-promised and under-delivered. As more and more Americans want the vaccine, we’re getting more shots into arms, but not enough.
Still, even as the number of vaccinations rise, there are many doses that have yet to be used. The ratio of vaccines administered to those distributed to the states stands at 39%. That’s better than it’s ever been, but still is an indication that we’re struggling to get the vaccines we do have into people.
It would be tempting to think that this is a problem of Democratic or Republican governance. To the degree that the President is a Republican, it is.
It’s not as simple as that, however.
There is no clear relationship between the partisanship of a state’s governor and the number of vaccines distributed.
Four of the top 10 states (and District of Columbia) for vaccinations per 100,000 have Democratic heads, while four of the worst 10 states for vaccinations per 100,000 have Democratic governors.
Perhaps the best example of this is to look at New York and Florida. Both have similarly sized populations, but one with a Democratic and one with a Republican governor. They’re ranked right near each other for the number of vaccines administered and both have a similar ratio of vaccines administered vs. distributed to each state.
Indeed, it seems that one factor into how many people are getting a vaccine is the size of the population of each state. The states (and the District of Columbia) with the 10 smallest populations have vaccinated about 5,000 per 100,000 on average, while the states with the 10 largest populations have vaccinated about 3,300 per 100,000.
Fortunately, the problem so far hasn’t seemed to be an unwillingness for folks to get vaccinated.
The fact is that more and more Americans say they want to get the vaccine.
That perhaps leaves us with the biggest remaining question on the Covid-19 vaccines in America. When will the supply and distribution meet the demand?
Hopefully, the Biden administration doesn’t drop the ball like the Trump administration clearly has.