Title

We need a pro-poor and pro-Black response to COVID-19

Document Type

Commentary

Publication Date

6-10-2020

Abstract

In this commentary in Think Global Health, Council Program Director Thoai Ngo underscores the importance of a United States national response to the COVID-19 pandemic that addresses persistent health and economic inequalities faced by Black and Latinx communities. In the piece, Ngo encourages the United States to apply an equity lens to its response and work towards dismantling the racial disparities and inequities magnified by the pandemic with two considerations. First, he encourages concentrated testing in poor Black and Latinx communities and the provision of prevention resources—such as masks and hand sanitizers—free of charge. Second, when an effective vaccine is made available, Ngo urges the U.S. to prioritize vaccine distribution and delivery in these communities, highlighting the importance of an equitable distribution of future resources.

Language

English

Project

Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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