It’s tough to decide who should get priority during a pandemic, but health care workers are already in the unenviable decision of doing precisely that as the number of cases and deaths continue to rise with each passing day. While hotspots of infection are slowing down, however modestly, in places like the Midwest, other parts of the country are seeing a disturbing rise in new cases and hospitalizations, including the West and the Northeast.


In California, for example, the number of people hospitalized with covid-19 has doubled since November 12, going from roughly 4,000 to 8,000 patients, according to the Covid Tracking Project. The vaccine simply can’t get here fast enough.