Trump’s Failed COVID Response Disproportionately Hurts Minority Communities

Trump’s failed coronavirus response has disproportionately hurt communities of color, and he still hasn’t come up with an adequate plan to reduce racial disparities.

The toll of Trump’s failure to control the coronavirus has fallen disproportionately on communities of color.

Axios: “America’s failed coronavirus response hurts people of color most.”

Associated Press: “As many as 215,000 more people than usual died in the U.S. during the first seven months of 2020, suggesting that the number of lives lost to the coronavirus is significantly higher than the official toll. And half the dead were people of color — Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans and, to a marked degree unrecognized until now, Asian Americans. The new figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlight a stark disparity: Deaths among minorities during the crisis have risen far more than they have among whites.”

Trump’s botched pandemic response, including his refusal to implement a national testing strategy, has undermined efforts to combat racial disparities. 

Politico: “Trump’s fragmented pandemic response may undermine push to address racial disparities.”

Axios: “People of color have less access to coronavirus testing.”

NBC News: “Few N95 masks, reused gowns: dire PPE shortages reveal COVID-19’s racial divide.”

The Trump administration failed to collect adequate data on the racial demographics  of coronavirus cases, undercutting efforts to respond to racial disparities.

Politico: “The coronavirus’ brutal impact on African Americans and other minorities may never be fully known because of consistent gaps in gathering data on race and ethnicity that persist more than four months into the pandemic… The enduring racial inequities that exacerbated the outbreak could go unchecked in the near and long term if the data disparity remains, public health experts, epidemiologists and researchers warn.”

The Trump administration systematically shortchanged hospitals that serve Black communities in its distribution of provider relief aid.

STAT: “The federal government has systematically shortchanged communities with large Black populations in the distribution of billions of dollars in Covid-19 relief aid meant to help hospitals struggling to manage the effects of the pandemic, according to a study published Friday.”

Despite the disproportionate toll on minorities, the Trump administration has not yet developed a plan to reach minority groups with its vaccination efforts.

Politico: “The United States is mounting the largest vaccination effort in its history — without a plan on how to reach racial and ethnic groups that have not only been devastated by the virus but are often skeptical about government outreach in their communities.”