Biden joins calls to release racial breakdowns of coronavirus cases, deaths

Biden joins calls to release racial breakdowns of coronavirus cases, deaths

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPfizer CEO says vaccine data for those under 5 could be available by end of year Omicron coronavirus variant found in at least 10 states Photos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles MORE on Thursday joined in the calls to release the racial breakdowns of coronavirus cases and deaths.

The presidential candidate requested the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) release racial and income data so resources can be sent to “where help is needed first and fastest,” he said in a Medium post.

“This virus can hit anyone, anywhere — regardless of race, economic status, or access to power — but it doesn’t impact every community equally. It hits hardest those who are most vulnerable and who have the fewest resources,” he said. 

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“The challenge for us as leaders is ensuring support gets to those who need it immediately, and doing the necessary work to rip out the structural racism that creates these inequalities wherever we find it,” he continued. 

Biden called it “unconscionable” that black, Latino and Native American populations are appearing to report disproportionately high coronavirus cases and deaths. He said these populations are less likely to have health insurance, health care or jobs where they can stay at home and more likely to have underlying conditions.

“Meaning they’re more likely to have to choose between their health and a paycheck,” he said.

“This pandemic has shown us the importance of leading with science and following the data — but we can’t follow the data if we don’t have it,” he added. 

The former vice president joins Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren calls on big banks to follow Capital One in ditching overdraft fees Crypto firm top executives to testify before Congress Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker won't seek reelection MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerMaternal and child health legislation must be prioritized now Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE (D-N.J.) and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisJoe Manchin should embrace paid leave — now The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden defends disappointing jobs report Harris's office undergoes difficult reset MORE (D-Calif.) and others who have called on the CDC to publish the racial breakdown of coronavirus data.

Some state and local entities are publishing racial breakdowns of coronavirus data, including Louisiana, which showed black people make up 70 percent of the deaths in the state, even though they represent 32 percent of the population.