June 9, 2022 — The coronavirus death rate among white Americans has exceeded rates among black, Latino and Asian Americans, according to a new report from The New York Times.
Early in the pandemic, the virus took a disproportionate toll on black and Latino people. In the first few months of 2020, the per capita death rate for Black Americans was almost twice as high as for White Americans and more than twice as high as for Asian Americans. The death rate for Latin Americans was also above average, although lower than the death rate for Black Americans.
The shortcomings continued throughout the pandemic, the newspaper reported, as white and Asian Americans initially received vaccines more quickly. Blacks and Latinos had less access to vaccines and waited longer to receive them.
But those shortcomings seemed to change. Over the past year, the death rate from COVID-19 among white Americans has been 14% higher than that of black Americans and 72% higher than that of Latinos.
Part of the reason is the rapid increase in vaccination among black and Latino Americans since last year, the Time reported. Now, the vaccination rate for both communities is slightly higher than for white Americans. Local leaders, community organizers and medical workers led the vaccination charge, the newspaper reported, designing awareness campaigns tailored to their local communities.
In contrast, the number of white Americans who have received a COVID-19 vaccine has remained about the same since last summer, according to CDC data. One reason comes down to the local level – in very conservative white communities, local leaders have not emphasized disease risks or vaccine benefits and, in some cases, advised people not to not get vaccinated, according to the Time.
Still, the overall risks of infection, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19 remain higher for black and Latino people, according to CDC data. Due to early disparities, lack of access to good healthcare, and underlying health conditions related to systemic issues in the healthcare system, black Americans remain even more vulnerable to serious illnesses than white Americans. of the same age, gender and vaccination status. , reports the newspaper.
Additionally, Native Americans — Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders — continue to experience the highest rates of loss, which have remained consistently higher than other groups since 2020, according to CDC data.