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The Peril of Not Vaccinating the World

According to a recent analysis of C.D.C. data by Kaiser Health News, only twenty-two per cent of Black Americans have been vaccinated, and Black vaccination rates are significantly lower than those of whites in almost every state. Much of what has been called vaccine hesitancy is actually a problem of vaccine access.

As it turns out, vaccine distribution follows a similar socioeconomic pattern all over the world, with most covid vaccines going to what is called high- and middle-income countries. This is a social-economic disparity pure. There are two reasons that a person in London or Los Angeles should care about vaccination rates in Lagos or São Paulo: simple humanity and simple biology. If left unchecked, the loss of human life for families and societies worldwide will be staggering.

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