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The Hill: Racial discrimination in vaccine administration undermines public health

October 26, 2021 I By DANIEL ORTNER

Race-based government policies are being promoted more vigorously in the United States lately and they threaten to undo progress toward equality before the law. We’re seeing school boards engineer admissions to achieve racial balancing in classrooms, COVID-19 relief programs that earmark funds for preferred minority groups, and government contracts doled out on the basis of race. Now, the government’s use of race as a category to sort people has spilled into another area: public health.

The latest manifestation of this is Vermont’s decision to allocate the availability of vaccine booster shots based on race.

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