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New York says it will prioritize non-whites in distributing low supply of COVID-19 treatments

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New York says it will prioritize non-whites in distributing low supply of COVID-19 treatments

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The state of New York said he would prioritize non-whites in distributing COVID-19 treatments in short supply.

The New York Department of Health released a document detailing its plan to distribute treatments, such as monoclonal antibody therapy and antiviral pills.

The plan includes a section on eligibility for the rare antiviral pills that people must meet to receive treatment, including a line stating that a person must have “a health problem or other factors that increase their risk of disease. serious”.

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One of these “risk factors” is being a race or ethnicity that is not white due to “longstanding systemic inequalities in health and society”

“Non-white race or Hispanic / Latino ethnicity should be considered a risk factor, as systemic health and long-standing social inequalities have contributed to an increased risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19 “, he added. the note bed.

The Empire State’s plan has been criticized online for discrimination based on ethnicity and skin color.

Erin Silk, a spokesperson for the New York Department of Health, told Fox News in a statement that “state prioritization guidelines come directly from the CDC” and that neither “race or ethnicity is ‘would prevent an individual from receiving treatment.

Systemic poverty, which has been clearly shown to be a risk factor in populations in New York State and nationwide, is added to the prioritization algorithm similar to all of the other risk factors. It is simply mentioned as a factor that increases the risk, ”she wrote. .

New York’s plan to distribute medical treatment comes as the state sees a record number of COVID-19 cases.

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In addition, protests against New York City’s vaccination mandate on Monday resulted in the arrest of five people by police during a demonstration at a Burger King.

Similar protests against vaccine passports have erupted across Europe, with protesters criticizing governments for preventing unvaccinated people from living normally.

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