This is New York:
White people infected with COVID in New York State – the hardest hit state in the country – are in jeopardy of being turned away from potential lifesaving treatments in favor of other more at-risk races because of a national shortage of two promising types of medical treatments.
In a shocking memo sent out by the state’s Health Department and approved by Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday, white residents were told not to bother trying to get Pfizer’s Paxlovid pill or monoclonal antibody treatments.
‘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 document reads.
So now people are being denied health care because of their race.
So how does NY combat the backlash against this?
New York City health officials have been regularly prioritizing COVID tests for racially diverse areas over majority white neighborhoods, leaked emails obtained by the New York Post reveal.
In one email conversation with representatives from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), employees at City Councilman Joe Borelli’s office said constituents on Staten Island’s South Shore were having trouble getting tested at city-run sites.
The agency responded the same day, the Post reports, and informed Nasti that they are prioritizing neighborhoods flagged by the city’s Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity – which has identified 31 underserved neighborhoods to receive preferential COVID treatment from the city.
A representative from the Health Department defended the priority given to minority communities because they have ‘borne the brunt of this pandemic due to structural racism’ and that tests were being distributed through community-based organizations in the selected neighborhoods.
This is brilliant if you think about it. Test fewer white people, get fewer diagnosis of COVID in the white population, give white people fewer treatments.
Welcome to the most Progressive state East of the Mississippi, perhaps in the whole country.
Health care is a right, the Left loves to say, a right that will be denied on the basis of race.