CHANGE Statement on the US COVID-19 Death Toll Surpassing 500,000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

CONTACT: Brett Abrams | [email protected] 

CHANGE Statement on the US COVID-19 Death Toll Surpassing 500,000

Center for Health and Gender Equity Says “We Can and Must Do Better”

WASHINGTON, DC -- In reaction to the United States COVID-19 death toll surpassing 500,000 casualties, Serra Sippel, President of CHANGE (the Center for Health and Gender Equity), issued the following statement:

“Reports that more than 500,000 Americans, disproportionately Black, Indigenous, and people of color, have died of COVID-19 in less than a year is deeply tragic, and reflective of the systemic racism and gross inequities that exist within our culture.  

“As we mourn the lives lost in the United States, we must also remember that similar inequities in health delivery, access, and vaccine distribution that exist within the United States also exist between high-income countries in the global North and low- and middle-income countries, especially formerly colonized countries. 

“We can and must do better - and that includes ensuring that the vaccine rollout is equitable and fair both in its distribution within the United States and around the world.”

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