San Francisco Chronicle
Vaccines should be delivered to other nations
I believe that many Americans would be willing to forgo or postpone booster shots for COVID-19 if they were satisfied that those doses would go to Third World countries for first doses and not just remain in some U.S. freezer.
What I propose is this: When large health care providers, such as Kaiser Permanente, roll out their booster plans, they allow prospective recipients the option of forgoing their booster shot until worldwide immunization has reached a specified level (to be determined by experts in the field). In return, the health care provider would see to it that the vaccine supplies that would have gone to those exercising the option be delivered to needy Third World countries. I am fully aware that such a program will create additional administrative difficulties, but I feel that the moral issue involved outweighs those considerations. And I believe that many caring Americans agree with me.
Jim Wolpman, Walnut Creek
Promote next in line
Regarding “One way to fix California recall” (Open Forum, Sept. 17): I appreciate the author’s thoughtful review of several different approaches to holding a recall election. However, she failed to consider what I believe is the most obvious and sensible approach: i.e., provide that if a governor is recalled, the lieutenant governor ascends to that office. That would eliminate all the perverse incentives of the current system and would be entirely in keeping with our normal democratic traditions.
Bob Roden, Berkeley