The CDC is actively de-prioritizing segments of the elderly when it comes to vaccine distribution because they tend to be white. They explain excess elderly death will “level the playing field”.
In an article in the New Times, a doctor explains why the CDC chose to de-emphasize the elderly, even though doing so would’ve saved lives: “Older populations are whiter…Instead of giving add’l health benefits to those who already had them, we can start to level the playing field a bit”
Later in the piece another doctor, named Marc Lipsitch, explains that teachers should not be considered essential workers for the purpose of being given priority vaccines by the CDC because, and I quote, “they are often very white.”
A third expert, an economist named Elise Gould, counters Dr. Lipsitch that teachers *should* be prioritized. Why? Because the families they teach are disproportionately “Black and Brown”, and those groups would benefit more than white people.
Opinion: There should be only one consideration in who gets the vaccine first: who is most likely to die of covid, and how do we protect them. Anybody who is using any other analysis is engaging in an act of intellectual perversion. If your chief concern is “racial equity” such that a 20-year-old essential worker with no pre-existing conditions who happens to be black gets the vaccine before an 85-year-old with diabetes, you need to get your check yourself.