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What options did Brazil and South Africa have?  They couldn't afford to vaccinate their populations even if the vaccine doses were available, which they weren't.  And aren't. Demand is vastly outstripping supply which Pfizer, et.al., told us would happen back in December.

The B.1.427 and B.1.429 ("California" sic) variants were discovered and sequenced in the US so I don't know what you mean by "the US is lacking in genomic tracking."  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 03:52:54 PM EST
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