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Fauci says pandemic exposed 'undeniable effects of racism'

Fauci says pandemic exposed 'undeniable effects of racism'
Posted at 7:01 PM, May 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-16 19:01:38-04

ATLANTA (AP) — The immunologist who leads the COVID-19 response in the United States says “the undeniable effects of racism” have led to unacceptable health disparities.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says those especially hurt African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans during the pandemic. Fauci spoke Sunday by webcast from Washington, to a graduation ceremony for Emory University in Atlanta. He says many people in minority groups face obstacles starting at birth, including lack of an adequate diet and lack of access to health care.

Fauci says correcting societal wrongs will take decades. He's urging the college graduates to be part of the solution.