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"Equity in Vaccine Distribution"

KPCC-FM (NPR) interviewed Dr. Kristen Choi, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health assistant professor of health policy and management, about plans to reserve 40 percent of vaccines to areas that are hardest hit by the pandemic to help address racial disparities

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
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KPCC-FM (NPR) interviewed Dr. Kristen Choi, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health assistant professor of health policy and management, about plans to reserve 40 percent of vaccines to areas that are hardest hit by the pandemic to help address racial disparities.

“The rollout has been fairly complicated in California and certainly in Los Angeles, where we have a really large population and a lot of communities (that) have been hit disproportionally by COVID,” Choi said. “There are a lot of barriers to access for some communities, if you don’t have a car, if you don’t speak English, if you have trouble using computers or technology, it’s going to make it that much harder for you to make an appointment.”

Topics included:

  • CA officials say they’ll be reserving 40 percent of vaccines to areas that are hardest hit by COVID, to help address racial disparities
  • LA’s winter COVID surge killed Latino and Black people two to three times the rate of white people
  • There’s a school nurse shortage - what does that mean for the prospects and success of school reopening?
  • Plus, what are the effects of schools not reopening on kids’ mental health?
  • Should you get the COVID vaccine if you are pregnant? There’s not a lot of data
  • Less healthcare workers have COVID in LA County, because many have been vaccinated
  • Should you be concerned about getting a delayed second dose?
  • The first non-humans get vaccinated: orangutans and bonobos at the San Diego Zoo
  • CA’s “My Turn” vaccine appointment system has some...issues
  • EU regulators start reviewing Russia’s vaccine
  • Over 12,000 COVID cases reported in the state’s child care centers

​With guest host Libby Denkmann

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