Equitable Distribution Debate Heats Up

There's clear consensus that racial equity is key to COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Now, the debate is how to best achieve that.   
 
A case is being made that people of color—disproportionately impacted by COVID-19—should get the vaccine first, Vox reports.

But: For some, going first only reinforces a painful legacy of medical experimentation on people of color.
 
Possible Workaround: Using location to dictate vaccine distribution, a new report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine suggests. However, that raises its own concerns around erasing race from the process when it’s such a dominant factor in health inequity.
 
Meanwhile: To ensure America has a vaccine to distribute in the first place—and that it fulfills a moral duty to the rest of the world—the same report urges the US to join COVAX, the international COVID-19 vaccine pool aimed at equitable distribution, STAT reports.

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