That nice little elitist finishing school on the SF Peninsula is in the news – from the MIT morning newsletter thingie:
What happened: Physicians at Stanford Medical Center—many of whom work on the frontlines of the pandemic—found out that only seven of over 1,300 of them had been prioritized for the first 5,000 doses of the covid-19 vaccine, they were shocked. Then when they saw that people working from home were on the list, they were angry. Hospital leadership apologized for not prioritizing them, and blamed the errors on “a very complex algorithm.”
And that’s a bold distracting statement, designed to shift blame from a bureaucrat to an abstraction! Someone had to write it, and if you can write a recipe, you can write an algorithm.
But I digest, do continue
Hmm: Many saw that as an excuse, especially since hospital leadership hadbeen made aware of the problem on December 15, and responded not by fixing the algorithm, but by adding two more resident names for a total of seven. Experts pointed out that people made these decisions. The algorithm just carried out their will.
So what really happened? The algorithm is not that complex. It considers three categories to do with age, job role, and guidelines from the California Department of Public Health. For each category, staff received a certain number of points. Presumably, the higher someone’s score, the higher their priority in line. What these factors do not take into account is exposure to patients with covid-19. Read the full story.
I don’t know why anyone would be surprised that a university —with undergraduate tuition of $54K/year— that houses the Hoover Institute would be shocked that they give elites cuts in line ahead of the little people.