Who's afraid of the big bird flu?

The DMI blog offers a bracing perspective on the Bush plan to fight avian flu, which will spend $1.2 billion to buy 20 million doses of a vaccine. Twenty million vaccines would protect 6.7 percent of the population, which inspires Andrea Battista Schlesinger to offer up this instructive lesson in statistics:

You could give the vaccine to everyone who lives in poverty... but it wouldn't be enough, because 12.7 percent of Americans are technically impoverished.
You could give it to the Americans without health insurance, but shoot... it wouldn't be enough, because 15.7 percent of Americans are uninsured.
She offers up more. Check it out HERE.

All this to say we have a better chance of covering the wealthiest 10 percent, who already account for 71 percent of the private wealth in this country. Why not just give them 100 percent of the vaccines? [LINK thanks to David Addams]

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