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What happened to protecting the elderly?
Or our healthcare workers?
Apparently Dr. Fauci thinks the vaccine roll-out should join the woke crowd and PRIORITIZE people of color.
I think that’s the one thing we really got to be careful of. We don’t want in the beginning … most of the people who are getting it are otherwise, well, middle-class white people.
It’s important to note that ANYONE who qualifies for the vaccine can get the vaccine.
No one is getting turned away because of race.
Why make this a racial issue?
Is this the “unity” that Biden has claimed his administration will bring?
“We don’t want in the beginning that most of the people who are getting (the vaccine) are otherwise, well, middle-class white people,” Fauci said. https://t.co/4g6JyPrfVk
— Idaho Statesman (@IdahoStatesman) January 29, 2021
As part of "Conversations with America," @BishopJakes and @AskDrJill hosted Dr. Anthony Fauci, @KizzyPhD and @DrOnyemaOgbuagu to talk about the COVID-19 vaccine and why information is crucial for communities of color:https://t.co/1BAUj657d0 #Covid_19 #Christian
— Religion Unplugged (@ReligionMag) January 25, 2021
Fauci says he devotes a significant part of his "every single day"—and I'm paraphrasing—on the phone, with podcasts, with Instagram Live‼️, Black churches, Black and Hispanic caucuses and more to address Black and brown folks' concerns about the vaccine. https://t.co/RfCxpfJ9Cs
— Shawna Chen (@shawnarchen) January 28, 2021
Instead of turning this into a racial issue, perhaps the focus should be on public education and awareness.
But the “woke” culture has infiltrated our society.
CNN confirms Fauci’s stance:
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the US must focus on minorities in order to efficiently distribute Covid-19 vaccines.
“I think that’s the one thing we really got to be careful of, we don’t want in the beginning that most of the people who are getting it are otherwise, well, middle-class White people,” Fauci said during an interview with The New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday.
Fauci’s remarks come after CNN published an analysis that found that on average, more than 4% of the White population has received a Covid-19 vaccine, about 2.3 times higher than the Black population (1.9% covered) and 2.6 times higher than the Hispanic population (1.8% covered).
“You really want to get it to the people who are really the most vulnerable, you want to get it to everybody, but you don’t want to have a situation where people who really are in need of it, because of where they are, where they live with their economic status is, that they don’t have access to the vaccine,” Fauci said.
Diving people based on race is not a unifying message.
So far, it appears that Biden is failing on his promise to unify America.
That will prove to be an impossible task if his administration continues to divide us based on inherent factors that we cannot control!
Fauci says Covid-19 vaccine distribution must focus on people of color – some thing that we discussed in our first COVID-19 paper in June 2020. https://t.co/vM8msBx9Jz
— Dr. Shadi Farhangrazi, PhD, MS, MBA (@Dr_Shadi) January 28, 2021
Fauci: COVID vaccine rollout needs to prioritize people of color https://t.co/tLGD4eVDTR
— Axios (@axios) January 28, 2021
The belief is that minorities are hesitant because of the Tuskegee incident.
However, that was decades ago.
And the vaccine is being given to people of all races.
“You absolutely have to respect the hesitancy of the minority population. They keep coming back and saying the history of Tuskegee,” Biden’s chief medical officer said, referring to a situation in the 1930s in which the federal government denied Black men in Alabama treatment for syphilis and secretly documented how the disease destroyed their bodies over decades.
“They don’t, can’t and should not forget about it, because it happened and it was shameful.”
Biden’s chief medical adviser noted that health officials must convince people of color “that the safeguards that have been put in place since then … would make it essentially impossible for a Tuskegee situation to arise again.”
The big picture: In the 16 states that have released vaccination data by race, white residents have been vaccinated at rates that are often two or three times higher than Black residents, Axios’ Caitlin Owens writes.
People of color are at a higher risk for contracting the coronavirus and also have higher COVID-related death rates than white people.
Communities of color also tend to have fewer pharmacies per capita, making it more difficult to get vaccinated, and they distrust the process due to past medical malpractice.
Immigrants who aren’t fluent in English face additional barriers to access.
Will the vaccine rollout change due to Fauci’s opinion?
Time will tell!