The truth about racial disparities and COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Jen Ashton points out the challenges that Black communities are facing with vaccinations.
1:56 | 01/25/21

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So let's start with the numbers as we often do. Johns Hopkins university, 99.2 million cases of coronavirus now confirmed worldwide with at least 25.1 million of those here in the U.S. And now that number, 419,000 American lives lost. And Jen, we know that we talked about this, but the Biden administration wants to have that 100 million doses in the first 100 days. Yet, we're hearing about all of the hiccups and problems with supply and demand, with the vaccine, and specifically, there's a big disparity, there's news about racial disparity when it comes to disseminating the vaccines. And again, we have to look at different groups differently. So this is a new analysis just released from Kaiser health news. And if you take a look at this, data from 16 states reveal higher vaccination rates, amongst white people versus black people. For example in the state of Pennsylvania, 1.2% of white residents vaccinated versus 0.3% of black residents. Issues, why, theories here, lower share of the population, and a lower percentage of the health care work force. So again, there is a big mismatch. Why? Access issues, mistrust, and again, structural racism. Mistrust, what specifics are you talking about when you say that? I think according to this analysis, when you look at the issue of equitable access, it -technology, time, and it comes to the three Ts -- technology, time and transportation. Black and brown people may not have the same access, when you look at those three issues, and variables, and that is going to affect their ability to get vaccinated, so again, talk about mistrust, we have discussed it here, tuskegee, that history, that needs to be factored into the messaging, the communications, and the outreach. It is not one size fits all. And this is glaring. It's been glaring from the beginning. We have a guest coming up here that's going to talk about some of those specifics in a

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