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I thought long and hard about it, but I’m here to prove that it’s not that bad

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The Covid-19 pandemic has killed more than 500,000 people and infected almost 30 million people in the United States alone. Even with these extraordinarily high numbers, cases have been disproportionately amplified within communities of color. According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native people had an age-adjusted Covid-19 hospitalization rate about 5.3 times that of non-Hispanic White people. Covid-19 hospitalization rates among non-Hispanic Black people and Hispanic or Latino people were both about 4.7 times the rate of non-Hispanic White people.


Black folks don’t trust the system because this is what it looks like when it works

A man speaks with a member of the National Guard after receiving a coronavirus vaccine in the parking lot of Six Flags on February 6, 2021 in Bowie, Maryland.
A man speaks with a member of the National Guard after receiving a coronavirus vaccine in the parking lot of Six Flags on February 6, 2021 in Bowie, Maryland.
A man speaks with a member of the National Guard after receiving a coronavirus vaccine in the parking lot of Six Flags on February 6, 2021 in Bowie, Maryland. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

As far as the effort to vaccinate my Black ass goes, I don’t require much in the way of convincing. Whatever gets me back to some semblance of normal life — which in my case would be the ability to rap Cardi B’s “Up” out loud at a bar, party, or Walmart parking lot in the South maskless without fear of death — I’m down. But based on my text messages, conversations with select kinfolk, and surveying social media, others in my demo are going to need a wee bit more convincing.


While speed will increase into this month, we still have more work to do

“Public health officials should be providing vaccination services in multiple languages, with multilingual informational materials easily accessible.” — Benjamin Renton


You really wanna know why POC are scared of a shot for an unrestrained virus?

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My favorite person in the entire world died of cancer. Not only did it shatter me irreparably, it didn’t make sense.


It’s not that progress isn’t being made — it’s that Trump’s search for a Hail Mary is eroding the already fragile public’s trust

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I didn’t watch a nanosecond of the Republican National Convention last week, but I couldn’t escape Trump’s bold proclamation that the darkest days of the coronavirus pandemic will soon come to an end. “We are delivering lifesaving therapies and will produce a vaccine before the end of the year — or maybe even sooner,” the American autocrat declared in his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination. Later, he repeated the pledge to deliver “a safe and effective vaccine this year” along with the promise to “crush the virus.”

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