🧵COVID in 2022: How has the US government failed?
1/ The maintenance of the decaying capitalist system is prioritized over human lives.
2/ The U.S. will go to any length to protect the functioning of the economy and continue to seek profits.
3/ Austerity politics means that COVID-testing has been largely taken over by private companies instead of a coordinated mass testing effort. Meaning some people have been charged up to $850 for a single test and as Omicron spiked, some have had to wait weeks for their results.
4/ Private pharmaceutical companies have been protecting exorbitant profits at the cost of allowing millions of people around the world to get even their first vaccine – what many of called a vaccine apartheid (@tri_continental).
5/ Federal, state, local governments and public organizations are entirely structured to protect business interests over the lives of the people.
6/ Motivated by complaints from corporations over labor shortages, the CDC shortened the COVID isolation period for asymptomatic people to 5 days from 10 days (@NPR). The CDC isolation change only furthers public distrust of any official COVID policy or recommendation.