The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sees racism as a “serious threat to the health of the nation”. This was stated by the director of the CDC Rochelle Walenski, reports the publication Axios.
Walenski noted that people of color in the United States have been hit harder by the COVID-19 pandemic, including economically and socially. This gap between whites and people of color is not due to the virus itself, she said, but to racial inequality, which became even more pronounced during the year of the pandemic.
“Racism is a serious public health threat that directly affects the well-being of millions of Americans. It ultimately affects the health of our entire nation,” Walenski emphasized.
Earlier in the Biden administration, racism was cited as an important cause of negative climate change. In particular, one administration official said that “systemic racism remains a serious problem on the road to a healthy planet,” and called for a focus on environmental justice.
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