Covid vaccines: Prioritising folks of Color could have lowered deaths

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A vaccination clinic in Louisville, Kentucky, in April

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Prioritising people of colour for the covid-19 vaccines when they were in short supply would have prevented more deaths than rolling out the vaccine purely by age groups, a US modelling study suggests.

When the coronavirus vaccines were in limited supply earlier this year, US authorities, along with most high-income countries, advised offering them first to healthcare workers, care home residents and then to people in age order. Age is one of the biggest determinants of risk from covid-19, but US and UK …

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