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Why does it so often appear that with Democrats racism is fine as long as it is racism against white people?
New York is apparently now saying white people need not apply for Pfizer’s Paxlovid pill or monoclonal antibody treatments, The Daily Mail reported.
New York State’s Health Department sent out a shocking memo, approved by Gov. Kathy Hochul that detailed the plan.
“Non-white race or Hispanic/Latino ethnicity should be considered a risk factor as longstanding systemic health and social inequities have contributed to an increased risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19,” the memo said.
What that basically means is non-white people are going to be at the front of the line for these life saving treatments and white people will be left to pray they do not die.
The guidance comes as New York State set a one-day record of 76,555 for positive COVID tests, fueled by the Omicron variant, with more than 41,000 of those cases coming from New York City, according to data compiled by the health department.
However, the agency’s website does not detail the races of those infected.
Data from New York City’s official site shows the vaccination rate of white people at 63 percent, compared with 75 percent for Latinos, 58 percent for black residents and an astronomical 97 percent for Asians.
The state’s missive, titled ‘COVID-19 Oral Antiviral Treatments Authorized and Severe Shortage of Oral Antiviral and Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Products,’ sets out a list of eligibility requirements for two oral antiviral treatments that had been touted as ‘available and lifesaving’ by the organization in an October press release.
In this week’s notice, however, department officials announced that the state was facing severe shortages in the availability of the two antiviral therapies, and subsequently listed a series of eligibility factors – such as age, weight, and mildness of symptoms – that practitioners are to take into account when administering the treatments.
The shortages have pushed New York’s Health officials to give members of ethnic group precedence when divvying out the sought-after drugs, said to be more effective at combating the latest mutation of the ever-present coronavirus, which has seen cases in New York City – as well as New York State – soar to record highs in recent weeks.
But what is even worse is that New York is not the first place where race has played a factor in determining life and death in COVID cases.
Harrison Hill Smith shared a video of himself apparently being denied potentially life-saving medical care in the form of monoclonal antibody treatment because he is not black or Hispanic.
“I’m not gonna be able to get it today because I don’t qualify?” Smith, who is a conservative radio host, asked the black nurse who was checking his eligibility.
“What if I smoked and vaped? He asked to which the nurse indicated that would not have him qualify.
“What if I were black and Hispanic? Then I’d be able to qualify? He said to which the nurse responded in the affirmative.
I’m being denied medical service because of my race?” he said.
“That’s the criteria,” the nurse responded. “What I do, I go around and make sure everyone meets the criteria. That’s the criteria that was set forth. If you were 65 you’d be good. But nope you’re healthy and no medical conditions. Research shows that you should be able to fight off COVID.”
“Maybe it’s for someone else, may preclude them a little more, make them a little more susceptible,” she said.
Denied medical service because of my race. pic.twitter.com/FgtO3oiSPG
— Harrison Hill Smith (@Harrison_of_TX) November 13, 2021
Radio host Dave Reilly wanted to check on this nurse’s claims, so he called the Texas State Infusion Hotline to see if what the nurse said was correct.
— Dave Reilly (@realDaveReilly) November 13, 2021
“There’s eligibility criteria that we go by, and African American and Hispanic are high-risk ethnicity groups, so that would be a qualifier,” the person on the phone for the hotline said to Reilly. The person said that “people with a BMI of 25 or higher, people who are 65 years of age or up, or high-risk ethnicity groups can get it.”
“So if you are a healthy, in-shape, Caucasian, and you show up, you are not gonna get an infusion?” Reilly said.
“Based on the criteria that we go by right now, that is correct,” they said.