There are racial differences in vaccination in the United States, and the vaccination rate of African Americans is lower than that of whites

American media released a report on January 30, showing that the proportion of African Americans, Hispanics and other ethnic minorities vaccinated with the new vaccine is lower than their proportion in the total population of the United States. In some places, the gap is particularly large.

The report is a meta-analysis by the associated press, with data from 17 states and two cities, Philadelphia and Chicago, as of January 25.

The report shows that the coverage rate of ethnic minorities such as African Americans is lower than that of white people in the above states and cities, especially in some places.

Take Maryland as an example. African Americans account for 30% of the population. Among medical staff, African Americans account for 40%. But only 16% of the people who have been vaccinated are of African descent. Considering the first vaccination of medical staff, it can be imagined that the proportion of ordinary people among the 16% of African Americans is lower.

African Americans make up 40 percent of Philadelphia’s population, but only 14 percent of the vaccinated population. In Chicago, African Americans make up 30 percent of the population; only 15 percent of the people who have been vaccinated are African Americans.

According to the analysis of the associated press, due to long-term discrimination in history, African Americans have a distrust of medical institutions, and many people are not willing to get vaccinations; the vaccines allocated by African American communities are relatively insufficient; vaccination is mainly applied through the Internet, and some low-income people can not get relevant information in time.

Uche Blackstock, head of a New York advocacy group for racial equality, said: “racial inequality in health care existed before the epidemic, and the inequality became more and more serious in the epidemic. If ethnic minorities could not be vaccinated, the situation would only worsen.”

According to the data released by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention of the United States, the death rates of African Americans, Hispanics and aborigines among new crown patients are nearly three times higher than those of white people.

Indigenous people and African Americans have the highest death rates in the epidemic, according to data released by the public media research laboratory. African American immunologist Corbett of the National Institutes of health previously said that some hospitals will give up intubation treatment for African Americans first when the ventilator is insufficient.

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts says that the long term structural racism in the United States has prevented many African American families from getting high-quality medical services, and COVID-19 has exacerbated this problem. (Wang Hongbin)

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