Coronavirus: people of colour must get fair access to vaccines, Fauci says

Coronavirus: people of colour must get fair access to vaccines, Fauci says

Top US public official says vaccine must go to those most at risk, not just ‘middle-class white people’

The top US public health official and chief medical adviser to Joe Biden Dr Anthony Fauci has emphasised the need for people of colour to be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccines.

“I think that’s the one thing we really got to be careful of,” Fauci told the New England Journal of Medicine. “Most of the people who are getting it are otherwise, well, middle-class white people.

“You really want to get it to the people who are really the most vulnerable … you don’t want to have a situation where people who really are in need of it, because of where they are, where they live, what their economic status is, that they don’t have access to the vaccine.”

Studies have found minority groups are more likely to test positive for Covid-19 than white people and are at higher risk of hospitalisation and death.