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Biden administration officials: vaccine fairness takes work

Distributing the coronavirus vaccine to community health centers has been “essential” to the Biden administration’s goal of immunizing Americans while maintaining racial equity, said Cameron Webb, senior White House policy adviser for COVID-19 fairness at an Axios event on Tuesday.

What they say: Webb said the administration is committed to getting everyone vaccinated, but “there’s also this long question of making sure racial justice is a priority, making sure we serve rural communities and in a very real and meaningful way. “

“Like I said you don’t ask a fire to clear a path to the water. You bring water to the fire between these four different vaccination locations, as we have been able to do. And we’re doing it in a way that’s always focused on fairness, ”Webb said.

  • “And the data backs it up. These mechanisms have been shown to be effective in actually getting the vaccine to some of the most affected communities.”
  • “You have to get to the grassroots level, understand what the communities need, listen to these local leaders because they know better what the needs and concerns are.”

Andy slavitt, Senior White House Advisor on COVID-19 Response, said: “I don’t think I had a conversation with the President or the Vice President where they haven’t asked how the things we do affect the harder Americans, people who live in remote places, people who have been historically disadvantaged. “

In numbers: Among the population who received at least one dose of vaccine as of April 13, nearly two-thirds were white (65%), 11% were Hispanic, 9% were black, 5% were Asian, 1% were Native Americans or natives of Alaska. and less than 1% were from Hawaii or other Pacific Islands, according to CDC national data reviewed by Kaiser.

Watch the full event here.

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