“COVID-19 has shone a bright light on our own society’s failings,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the immunologist who leads the COVID-19 response in the United States, said during a graduation ceremony for Emory University. “The undeniable effects of racism” have been exposed.
His charge to the graduates via webcast from Washington is to be a part of the solution to end racial disparities and help correct society’s wrongs.
Says Fauci: “Now, very few of these comorbidities have racial determinants. 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.”