Former President Obama on Monday urged policymakers to keep vulnerable communities in mind when deciding how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We can't deny that racial and socioeconomic factors are playing a role in who is being hit the hardest by the virus,” Obama tweeted. “It’s a reminder for our policymakers to keep our most vulnerable communities at the forefront when making decisions.”

Obama a link to an article from The Atlantic that analyzes the racial disparities in coronavirus cases and deaths. 

Lawmakers and advocates — including presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race GOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden For families, sending money home to Cuba shouldn't be a political football MORE, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate confirms Biden's Air Force secretary Senate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines Will Pence primary Trump — and win? MORE (D-Mass.) and Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOmar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy Overnight Health Care: Fauci clashes with Paul - again | New York reaches .1B settlement with opioid distributors | Delta variant accounts for 83 percent of US COVID-19 cases Duckworth, Pressley introduce bill to provide paid family leave for those who experience miscarriage MORE (D-Mass.) — have called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to publish data coronavirus cases and deaths broken down by race

Those calls came as several state and local governments began posting their own data by race, showing the virus is disproportionately affecting black and Latino communities. As of last week, 70 percent of the deaths in Louisiana were African Americans, even though the black community makes up 32 percent of the state’s population. 

The CDC has yet to put out data breaking down the virus’s effects by race.