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Upcoming: COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and Disparities Targeting Black Americans

Below is a sneak peek at my upcoming capstone article. Please enjoy and don't forget to come back for the final publication on April 27, 2021.

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Public health inequity has always been prevalent in the United States, but perhaps nothing has shed a brighter light on that inequity than coronavirus. First declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization approximately one year ago, the virus has ravaged nearly every continent, with the global death toll sitting at approximately 3 million according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

The United States is one of the harder-hit countries. According to the same data compiled by Johns Hopkins, coronavirus deaths in the U.S. make up nearly 20% of all coronavirus deaths. This percentage is stark when one considers the fact that the U.S. population is less than 5% of the world population, according to the U.S. Census. For Black Americans, however, the numbers are even grimmer.

Data provided by APM Research Lab, Infographic created by Kandis Mascall via rapidtables.com

The APM Research Lab has been tracking COVID-19 deaths by race and ethnicity from April 2020 through early March of this year and have found that Indigenous, Pacific Islander, and Black Americans have experienced the highest death tolls, with 1 in 555 Black Americans dying from coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has acknowledged this inequity and outlined a number of contributing factors: discrimination, healthcare access and utilization, occupation, educational, income, and wealth gaps, and housing.