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Dr. Fauci says COVID-19 just another example of the ‘undeniable effects of racism’

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Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease said the virus exposed “undeniable effects of racism” during a graduation ceremony Sunday. Fauci spoke to Emory University’s most recent graduates via webcast.

Fauci talked about the health disparities among African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans in his speech. “COVID-19 has shown a bright light on our own society’s failings’ after the virus disproportionally killed people of color,” Fauci said.

In fact, Emory’s figures Saturday that show for every 100,000 people, 127 African American, 118 Latinos and 139 American Native have died, while 114 white people died.

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Next, he shared two reasons why that might be. First, many African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans worked “essential jobs” which meant they were more likely to confront the virus. Second, these groups tended to have the medical conditions that increased their likelihood of infection. For example, hypertension, diabetes, lung disease or obesity. But, that also wasn’t necessarily their fault, Fauci explained.

“Almost all relate to the social determinants of health dating back to disadvantageous conditions that some people of color find themselves in from birth regarding the availability of an adequate diet, access to health care and the undeniable effects of racism in our society,” Fauci said.

Emory University awarded him the president’s medal. Former President Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama and the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis, are all also recipients of this medal. Fauci also received an honorary degree from Emory in 2003.

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Barnard College, a partner campus of Columbia University, will be rolling out a plan in May that involves supplying students with abortion pills, the Columbia Spectator reported. The plan to provide the abortion service in the form of mifepristone abortion pills to students was initially announced in the fall of 2022 after the overturning of Roe. V Wade, according to the Spectator. However, the rollout’s delay has been partially attributed to an August 2023 grant the college received, which allowed Barnard to join a large network of primary care providers that will help steer the college through the procedures.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports Barnard’s Primary Care Health Service will host student focus groups in upcoming weeks to find out student perspectives about the service and to identify new ways to support students considering abortion. “We wanted to make sure that we’re addressing this from every angle that will be supportive of students,” Sarah Ann Anderson-Burnett, director of Medical Services and Quality Improvement of Barnard, told the Spectator. Anderson-Burnett also said it has expanded the availability of its abortion providers to after-hours and year-round.

Barnard has six medical professionals, including two physicians and four nurse practitioners, who are capable of performing the procedure, Mariana Catallozzi, vice president for Health and Wellness and chief health officer of Barnard, told the Spectator. The school also launched a partnership with AccessNurse, a medical call center that will assist with patient concerns related to abortions.

“The training doesn’t end with the clinicians,” Anderson-Burnett told the Spectator. “Clinicians are trained on the actual provision, but there’s also an overall training that will be provided to key partners and stakeholders across the campus because we want every step, every touchpoint, to be supportive and to be trauma-informed and to be patient-valued and centered but also respect confidentiality and privacy.”

The University of Massachusetts Amherst spent more than $650,000 to stock abortion pills in March 2023 at the request of Democratic Maryland Gov. Maura Healey. Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill in May 2023 forcing college in the state to stock abortion pills on campus.

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