California earmarks 40% vaccines for poorest as inequality concern grows

Los Angeles (AFP) – California will set aside nearly half of its next batch of vaccines for people living in its most disadvantaged zip codes, as concern grows over a yawning gap in the pandemic’s impact on rich and poor, Governor Gavin Newsom said Thursday. The policy comes as data shows low-income and minority groups in the nation’s most populous state are far more severely hit by Covid-19, and also substantially less likely to have received vaccinations. “Households earning over $120,000 have twice the access to vaccines than those communities that have been disproportionately impacted,” sa…

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