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Tucker Carlson says white people face discrimination over COVID-19

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Tucker Carlson says white people face discrimination over COVID-19

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Tucker Carlson devoted the opening segment of his Monday night show to a dramatic misrepresentation of government guidelines for COVID-19 therapies, attempting to convince his audience that whites face discrimination.

The eight-minute segment contained a number of swear words, including “nobody seemed to care” about whites who had to wait for vaccines in early 2021 because injections were a priority for the elderly and essential workers. Carlson told the lie that “Whites are the last in the COVID vaccine queue, whatever their needs.” But vaccines were less of the focus of his rant, perhaps because most people know they have been widely available across the country since the spring. Instead, host Fox focused on therapeutic drugs that can help a person recover from COVID-19 disease faster.

It’s a current subject. Americans are hospitalized with COVID-19 at record rates now. However, Carlson failed to notice that people who get very sick and are hospitalized with severe symptoms of coronavirus largely have one thing in common – they are not vaccinated.

Vaccines always give us the best protection against the virus, and there are many of them.

But Carlson touched on this fact to falsely claim that whites are unable to get coronavirus treatment based on their race.

He quoted an article published on the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative political website funded by a billionaire hedge fund executive, reading a line aloud: “In New York City, racial minorities are automatically eligible for rare COVID therapies. -19, regardless of their age conditions. “

Carlson then added a handful of false claims: “It doesn’t matter what kind of health they’re in. All that matters is the color of their skin. White does not qualify.

To be clear: Race is one of the many factors doctors can use to determine treatment for COVID-19. This is not the only factor; Health care providers need to consider the overall health condition of a patient when treating them. Carlson mentions how research during the coronavirus pandemic showed that the virus disproportionately affects the elderly, which is true. It also disproportionately affects black people and other non-white groups.

Depending on when a person became ill and how sick they were, some therapies may not be helpful. It depends on the drug and the individual.

It should be noted that Carlson has the highest rated program on cable news. Its show attracts an average of 3.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen’s analysis.

On Monday evening, he delivered an alarming and inaccurate message to them, telling his audience that the government is “denying you the drugs” because “your ancestors did bad things, or people who looked like your ancestors did bad things. “.

He then invoked the image of a black man – a hypothetical “young Haitian” to drive the point home.

Carlson asked viewers to consider a scenario in which the undocumented Haitian immigrant crosses the southern border with symptomatic COVID-19, somehow goes to New York the next day for treatment, “and gets[s] preferably over an elderly US citizen purely because of his appearance.

(The example echoed the fear of breathless Haitian migrants last fall after a devastating earthquake exacerbated social unrest in the island nation along with Haitians who had migrated to the countries South and Central America after a previous earthquake were trying to flee instability to their new homes. The influx sparked mass deportations.)

“The Haitian has not suffered from systemic racism in America, whatever it is. He just arrived. But he still goes to the front of the line, ”Carlson said. The Fox host presents himself as a reasonable guy admitting: “this is not a criticism of the Haitian”.

But what he says is, once again, wrong.

“No one in New York is denied life-saving treatment because of their race or any demographic identifier,” New York Department of Health spokesperson Erin Silk told HuffPost.

The Washington Free Beacon article, mentioned by Carlson, deals specifically with sotrovimab, a monoclonal antibody treatment, and Paxlovid, the new Pfizer pill that fights the coronavirus. He cites a bulletin from the New York State Department of Health with recommendations on the criteria health care providers should use when deciding whether to prescribe treatments like sotrovimab or Paxlovid, given their very high supply. limited. The age of the patient is an important factor, but so are additional risk factors, including underlying medical conditions. The department states that “non-white race or Hispanic / Latino ethnicity” should be considered a risk factor, “as long-standing systemic health and social inequalities have contributed to an increased risk of serious illness and disease. deaths due to COVID-19 ”.

This wording almost directly reflects a section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

“Long-standing systemic inequalities in health and society have placed various groups of people at increased risk of becoming ill and dying from COVID-19, including many from certain racial and ethnic minority groups and people with disabilities, ”says the CDC (hyperlinks them).

Silk confirmed that the guidelines in New York “are based on CDC guidelines that show COVID death rates are higher among certain demographic groups, including the elderly, the immunocompromised, and non-white / Hispanic communities.” .

The state’s health department asks doctors to “consider risk factors related to an individual’s health” when providing treatment for COVID-19, Silk said.

When asked if federal guidelines prohibit whites from being treated with drugs, including sotrovimab or Paxlovid, a Food and Drug Administration spokesperson referred HuffPost to the agency’s website. .

“Although the Authorized Health Care Provider Information Sheet recognizes that certain factors (for example, race or ethnicity) may place an individual patient at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, it There are no limitations on permissions that would restrict their use in individuals based on race, gender, ethnicity, etc. Spokesperson Chanapa Tantibanchachai told HuffPost.

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