Melinda Gates: Coronavirus vaccine should be given to black people first, right after health care workers
Given the ongoing racial unrest and protests across the nation and around the world, Melinda Gates, the wife of Bill Gates, said that coronavirus vaccine should first be given to black people right after health care workers.
She made the statement in an interview Time Magazine ahead of the 2020 Global Vaccines Summit. Melinda said the first first people who need the new COVID-19 vaccine are the 60 million health care workers around the world. Gates added that the shot should then be given to black people and “many other people of color” before being used on white people. Referring to black people, Melinda Gates said: “They deserve to get it before anybody else. Then you start tiering.” She went on to address the death of George Floyd and health disparities between blacks and whites in the country, saying:
Even before we saw this senseless death, COVID had already started to show us gaps and structural problems in our country. We are seeing black men die at a disproportionate rate. We know the way out of COVID-19 will be a vaccine, and it needs to go out equitably.