Philly’s coronavirus response

Editorial cartoon: Waiting for the jab

Cartoonist Dre Reed’s take on the Philly Fighting COVID scandal.

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Dre Reed / Billy Penn

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Philadelphia’s inspector general has opened an investigation into how Philly Fighting COVID ended up operating the city’s first mass vaccination clinic at the Pa. Convention Center. The group, a startup run by 22-year-old Drexel student Andrei Doroshin, has since been kicked out of the program.

On top of privacy concerns regarding PFC’s sign-up registry — which the city first endorsed and then distanced itself from — there were other issues with the program, which operated for three weekends without a written contract (ostensibly because officials wanted to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible). Some people who volunteered at the clinic reported a lack of supervision and unprofessional attitudes from Doroshin and his colleagues.

During the clinic’s last day, a line of older Philadelphians who thought they had appointments were left stranded in line outside the Convention Center. Somehow, there were doses left over at the end of the day — and so, Doroshin admitted, he took some vaccine with him when he left.

Yes, there’s been a serious dearth of organization at the federal level, but how did a student make it this far and get endorsements from the city? It’s enough to make you question the competency of Philly’s leadership overall.

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Dre Reed / Billy Penn