New York State is preventing white Americans from accessing potentially lifesaving monoclonal antibodies treatments. However, New York City follows the same strategy when it comes COVID testing.
New York’s Department of Health released a document that specifically states that race will be a factor in distributing monoclonal antibody treatment and antiviral pills which are in short supply.
Document dated December 27th 2021. It highlights risks that must be considered before the treatment can be distributed.
One such “risk factor” is being a race or ethnicity that is not White, they write, due to “longstanding systemic health and social inequities.”
“Non-white race or Hispanic/Latino ethnicity should be considered a risk factor, as longstanding systemic health and social inequities have contributed to an increased risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19,” it states.
That week also saw the following: @GovKathyHochul declares racism to be a “public health emergency”, her own Health Department is admitting they will prioritize monoclonal antibody treatments for “non-white” residents. https://t.co/PeMFydUaBs pic.twitter.com/IwpjQZYVnK
— Rusty Weiss 🇺🇸 (@rustyweiss74) December 31, 2021
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New York prioritizes non-white people’s medical treatment
A spokesperson for the New York Department of Health issued a statement claiming their “prioritization guidance comes directly from the CDC” and that neither “race nor ethnicity would disqualify an individual from receiving treatment.”
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It won’t disqualify anybody, it just might place them a little further back in line is all.
Executive Director of America Matters Jim Hanson criticized the NYDOH document saying, “There’s a word for discrimination by skin color in medical treatment.”
There’s a word for discrimination by skin color in medical treatment https://t.co/nk34rqZJWL
— Jim Hanson (@JimHansonDC) December 31, 2021
New York City’s health officials are, however, prioritizing COVID test results for more racially varied areas than majority-white neighborhoods.
According to email obtained by The New York Post, this is the truth.
One such email shows a staffer for City Councilman Joe Borelli expressing concerns that constituents on Staten Island’s South Shore were having trouble getting tested at city facilities.
“Our office has been receiving calls regarding the mobile NYC H+H testing sites such as Wolfes Pond Park. It appears many are waiting with delays, and are being turned away after waiting for hours,” the staffer wrote.
Why doesn’t NY want white people to get COVID-19 treatments? https://t.co/z7xSefXem8
— Georgia Log Cabin (@GeorgiaLogCabin) January 1, 2022
“The agency responded the same day and informed [the staffer] that they would prioritize neighborhoods flagged by the city’s Taskforce on Racial Inclusion & Equity,” the Post reported.
The task force indicates decisions are made based on an analysis of “health status, living conditions, social inequities, occupation, and COVID-19 Wave 1 impact.”
A representative with the New York Department of Health defended prioritizing non-whites in distributing tests saying minority communities had “borne the brunt of this pandemic due to structural racism.”
But in New York, the state has been solidly Democratic since 2019, holding the Governor’s office as well as the Senate and Assembly. New York City is a liberal city-poll since what seems like forever.
Democrats should be able to see that there’s structural racism.
White people in NY are told not to attempt to get monoclonal antibody treatment from doctors https://t.co/sT2GhvsviP
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) January 1, 2022
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Use Race to Decide
News of the Empire State’s race-based COVID treatment and testing policies comes as the New York Times reports that the “death rate has risen particularly sharply for middle-aged white people.”
“The virus is now responsible for a higher share of deaths from all causes for younger Americans and white Americans than it was before all adults were eligible for vaccines,” they write.
Middle-aged whites have seen their death rates rise especially sharply. Covid-19 is now responsible for a larger percentage of deaths in this group than the vaccines did. https://t.co/t5DuOMhNXE pic.twitter.com/Z9wgFnIBcz
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 28, 2021
New York Governor Kathy Hochul late last month declared racism to be a “public health emergency.”
“For far too long, communities of color in New York have been held back by systemic racism and inequitable treatment,” Hochul said in a statement.
“I am proud to sign legislation that addresses this crisis head-on, addressing racism, expanding equity, and improving access for all.”
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has declared racism a “public health crisis,” signing an entire package of legislation aimed at addressing discrimination and racial injustice in the state. https://t.co/vPM53oKJli
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 30, 2021
Hochul did not mention that racism comes from the state’s Health Department, and is coming from the biggest city in the state.
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