Kamala Harris: 'Black People More Likely to Contract COVID-19 and Die from It’
'It is disproportionately affecting us'
Kamala Harris continued her push to get black people to vaccinate for the coronavirus during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe" on Thursday.
Harris said it was important African-Americans were vaccinated because it is “disproportionally” affecting them.
She added that black people are “disproportionately likely to contract the virus and die from it.”
“Let’s not let COVID get us. Let’s get the vaccine instead, right?" Harris said.
"Let’s not let this thing get us.
"We know black people are disproportionately likely to contract the virus and die from it."
"We know when you look at who the frontline workers are who have been most at risk, disproportionately, we are talking about people of color,” Harris stated.
"When you look at the fact that black small businesses, as many as I have seen, 40%, are going out of business or have gone out of business," she added.
"It is disproportionately affecting us."
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"And if we want to get control of this virus that is harming us at a disproportionate rate, part of it is to get vaccinated when it is our turn," she added.
"Part of it is to wear your mask — I have my mask right here — to wear your mask all the time when you are around other people," Harris continued.
"Six feet of distance. Wash your hands with warm or hot water and soap."
"Let’s save our lives. That’s what this is about.”
Last year, Democratic Rep. and 'squad' member Ayanna Pressley gave similar claims to Harris, saying that the coronavirus had disproportionally impacted black Americans due to "comorbidities of structural racism."
Speaking to MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell about the COVID-19 vaccine, Pressley implied marginalized communities should get first access to the vaccine because they are more vulnerable.
"The coronavirus is the third leading cause of death for black Americans," Pressley began.
"So, the most vulnerable and marginalized communities because of the comorbidities of structural racism, because of unequal access to healthcare, because of transportation deserts and food apartheid systems have been the most vulnerable to contracting this virus," she explained.