This week, our benevolent Seed Overlords ask, “What are some unsung successes that have occurred as a result of using science to guide policy?” Well, I thunked, and thunked, and thunked. Then my head began to hurt. Then I thought of one unsung success.
Think about it. Typically, vaccination policy is decided by experts, and politicians usually don’t meddle in it. There are problems with our vaccination policy–we don’t vaccinate enough people, and we vaccinate the wrong groups (most experts claim that the most effective strategy would be to vaccinate those under 18, since they are the ‘disease vectors’, not the target populations like the elderly).
Nonetheless, our vaccination policies are pretty good. We’ve even developed vaccines for ‘non-epidemic’ diseases like streptococcal pneumonia which save thousands of lives every year. So I’ll claim vaccination as a slightly qualified, and very unsung success.