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By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has remained vigilant in the fight against the coronavirus, tracking down the different variants of the disease and studying the complications some have found with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
In the foreground is CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky, whose schedule includes regular updates from the White House and testimony to congressional panels.
Dr Walensky also led the federal agency this month in officially declaring racism a threat to public health.
On Wednesday, April 21, Dr. Walensky plans to sit down for a special interview with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) late-breaking morning show.
The NNPA is the trade association of the 230 African-American newspapers and media companies that make up the Black Press of America.
The 7:30 a.m. EST interview will be broadcast on multiple social media platforms including facebook.com/blackpressusa/videos, youtube.com/c/blackpressusatv and on Twitter @BlackPressUSA.
“Dr. Walensky is eagerly awaiting the interview with the black press to discuss these vital issues, ”a CDC spokesperson said.
The CDC’s independent vaccine advisory group plans to meet by the end of the week to discuss safety information regarding certain cases of blood clotting in recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The government has suspended the use of the vaccine until it receives new guidance.
Some 5,800 paroxysmal infections are reported to have occurred in some 77 million people nationwide who have received a full vaccination.
The CDC reminded everyone that no vaccine is 100% effective against the virus, but incidents like the one that occurs in a few with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are rare.
Dr Walensky, the 19th director of the CDC and the ninth administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and the Disease Registry, also said racism is a public health crisis.
She is expected to discuss her determination during the interview with The Black Press.
“What we do know is this: Racism is a serious public health threat that directly affects the well-being of millions of Americans,” said Dr. Walensky, who also counts as an influential scholar whose Pioneering research has helped advance the national and global response to HIV / AIDS.
The statement marks the first time the CDC has taken such a bold stand on race in America.
In doing so, Dr. Walensky highlighted several new efforts led by the CDC to accelerate work to address racism as a fundamental driver of racial and ethnic inequalities in health in the United States.
Dr Walensky also unveiled a new website titled “Racism and Health” which will serve as a hub for the agency’s efforts and a catalyst for better education and dialogue around these critical issues.
She postulated that racism affects everyone.
“It affects the health of our entire nation,” Dr. Walensky wrote in a statement.
“Racism is not only discrimination against a group because of its skin color, race or ethnicity, but structural barriers that impact racial groups differently and ethnicities to influence where a person lives, where they work, where their children play and where they worship and come together in community. These social determinants of health have lifelong negative effects on the mental and physical health of individuals from communities of color.
Since the pandemic outbreak more than a year ago, the United States has recorded more than 31 million cases of coronavirus and more than 560,000 deaths.
African Americans and other communities of color have been affected.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the deaths of more than 500,000 Americans. Tens of millions of people have been infected, ”added Dr Walensky.
“And people across the country are suffering. Importantly, these painful experiences and the impact of COVID-19 are felt, most severely, in communities of color – communities that have experienced disproportionate numbers of cases and deaths and where the social impact of the pandemic was the most extreme.
Dr Walensky continued:
“Yet the disparities seen over the past year were not the result of COVID-19. Instead, the pandemic shed light on inequalities that have existed for generations and revealed across America a known, but often untreated, epidemic impacting public health: racism.