So far, there seems to be at least a glimmer of hope for equitable distribution of the coronavirus vaccine. But when it comes to support services for at-risk populations, and our most vulnerable seniors and children, the fight for fairness continues.
Fundamental and structural inequities still persist for communities of color, the poor and the marginalized. Statistics show that Black people have lost a year of life expectancy, supposedly due to the pandemic. But the truth is that Black people and other minorities were already below the national average in life expectancy before the pandemic hit. We have much work to do.
If there is any silver lining to the pandemic it is that it has shone light on these inequities.