Black and Latino Americans are receiving the vaccine at a lower rate than white people. Health advocates blame the US federal government and hospitals for not prioritizing equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
CNN data from 14 states found that white people receive the vaccine at higher rates than Black and Latino people. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Black and Latino Americans are dying from COVID-19 at three times the rate of white people.
President Joe Biden is planning to increase the vaccine allocation and distribution by purchasing 200 million doses. 20 million people have received the first dose of the vaccine, and almost 3.5 million people are fully vaccinated.
“We are going to make sure there are vaccination centers in communities hit hardest by the pandemic, in Black and Latino communities and rural communities as well,” Biden said.