So why are we short vaccines? Does the administration have to answer for this? They are blaming the drugmakers (who apparently over-promised) and everyone is blaming science. "In July, Obama administration officials said companies could make 80 million to 120 million doses by mid-October. They outlined an aggressive response to the pandemic, spending more than $2 billion to buy 250 million doses of vaccine and promising enough to inoculate every American," the Washington Post says.
"But only about 16.5 million doses have become available so far, putting the administration in an uncomfortable political position regarding what President Obama declared last week to be a national emergency. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in television interviews Monday that officials had been 'relying on the manufacturers to give us their numbers, and as soon as we got numbers we put them out to the public. It does appear now that those numbers were overly rosy.'"
"Senator John F. Kerry defended President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan as 'a patriot' yesterday and suggested that the United States should not try to make Afghanistan into a perfect democracy," the Boston Globe writes. "Days after he persuaded Karzai to agree to a Nov. 7 runoff election following widespread allegations of fraud, Kerry told the Council on Foreign Relations that the United States should radically lower its expectations for Afghanistan. In his most comprehensive remarks yet on his view of the way forward in Afghanistan, Kerry said there are no good options, but that transferring responsibility to an Afghan government that is capable of battling the Taliban offers the best chance for US troops to be able to come home."
Roll Call: "President Barack Obama will be on Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning for a ceremony honoring former Sen. Edward William Brooke (R-Mass.), the first African-American elected by popular vote to the Senate."