Race and Ethnicity Deciding Factors For Who Gets COVID Vaccine First

So much for “white priv­i­lege.” This is real racial dis­crim­i­na­tion, but you can bet there won’t be out­rage, riots, burn­ing down busi­ness­es and loot­ing over it.

Race and eth­nic­i­ty could be the decid­ing fac­tors in deter­min­ing whether essen­tial work­ers will be sec­ond in line for vac­ci­na­tion for the nov­el coro­n­avirus.

Defend­ers of this posi­tion say COVID-19 harms a high­er per­cent­age of racial and eth­nic minori­ties, and so they should be pri­or­i­tized by the Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee on Immu­niza­tion Prac­tices, the body with­in the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion charged with con­struct­ing a plan for allo­cat­ing the vac­cine. The com­mit­tee is set to unveil its rec­om­men­da­tions Tuesday.

“If you look at the bur­den of dis­ease and death in the U.S., it is dis­pro­por­tion­ate­ly impact­ing com­mu­ni­ties of col­or,” Grace Lee, a mem­ber of ACIP and pro­fes­sor of pedi­atrics at Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty School of Med­i­cine, told the Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er. “It is heart­break­ing to real­ize how much of the social and racial inequities that exist impact the health of these communities.”

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