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In the weeks leading up to Joe Biden taking office just over a year ago, federal officials met to decide how they would distribute the new COVID vaccines. If you think about it, you’ll remember that December 2020 was the deadliest month yet in the COVID pandemic. More than 65,000 Americans had died that month. People are very afraid of the virus. Then there was no treatment protocol for it. Vaccines seemed to be the only hope. The meeting was therefore very important.
CDC chief medical officer, someone called Kathleen Dooling, has unveiled her plan to distribute the vaccine nationwide. She began by acknowledging that older Americans indeed face the greatest risk, as everyone has understood. So logically, if you wanted to save as many Americans as possible from death, you would give preference to the very first shots at people over 65. This is the obvious policy. It is perhaps the only morally defensible policy.
But there was a problem with doing that, she explained. Older Americans were too white, as Dooling said, “Racial and ethnic minority groups are under-represented among adults 65 and older. And that meant, according to Dooling, that they couldn’t be allowed to receive the first COVID vaccines, whether they needed it or not.
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Instead, Dooling recommended prioritizing a group the government has started calling essential workers. Their main qualification was not that they were essential, but they were less white than the elderly.
So that’s what the CDC chose. Her panel overwhelmingly endorsed Kathleen Dooling’s recommendation. None of this was noticed much at the time, but it was a major change. Never in American history, in modern history anyway, has the federal government officially decided to deny Americans life-saving medical treatment because of the color of their skin. But that’s exactly what the CDC did.
People most likely to die from COVID have had to wait weeks for their vaccines to be approved. How many of them died while they were waiting? No one kept track of these numbers because no one seemed to care. And because nobody cared, the trend continued. Race had become a decisive factor in the delivery of essential health care in this country. Several states have made this clear. Whites would be the last in the COVID vaccine queue, regardless of the need. The state of Vermont did, as did the state of Montana. And then, when he was declared president-elect, Joe Biden made it official. A concept called fairness, a sort of hyper-aggressive and racially hostile affirmative action, would form the basis of everything the new administration has done, starting with COVID policy.
Here’s Biden even before he was sworn in last year:
JOE BIDEN: I want to be very clear on my priorities for a rapid and fair distribution of this emergency aid. We will focus on the small businesses on Main Street that are not wealthy and well connected, that are facing real economic hardships without their having had nothing to do with it. Our priority will be small businesses owned by Blacks, Latinos, Asians and Native Americans, businesses owned by women.
So you’ll notice the assumption in that sentence that underlies all the assumptions behind the administration’s fairness policy, that non-white means poor and non-white means less healthy.
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In fact, this is certainly not true on all levels. It’s not even close to the truth. In fact, the highest income groups in this country are not white, but they ran with it. And he kept his promise. In its first year, the Biden administration provided billions of dollars in COVID relief, for example, to black farmers solely on the basis of their skin color. Race was the only criterion. Now, doing that was illegal, of course. He violated all kinds of federal laws, and a federal court quickly struck him down. But the White House didn’t stop the acceleration and applied the same standard to everything, including the healthcare allowance.
Health care for all? It was the slogan of the generations. The new slogan under the Biden administration was healthcare for advantaged groups. And these policies continue tonight. They are illegal, they are immoral. And yet they are almost ignored by the media and, by the way, by Republican lawmakers.
Several weeks ago, for example, the Food and Drug Administration released a fact sheet on a monoclonal antibody called sotrovimab. Sotrovimab is, at this stage, the only monoclonal antibody treatment that has been shown to be effective against the latest variant of the coronavirus. The FDA has provided advice to doctors in all 50 states, telling them how to determine which patients should receive this essential treatment. Doctors, the FDA explained, should consider citing race and ethnicity when administering treatment, and so doctors across the country do so.
In Utah, COVID patients are screened by a scoring system that determines whether they qualify for these potentially life-saving antibody treatments. If you look at the scoring system, you will notice that breed often matters more than physical health. The state of Utah, for example, gives anyone two points just for not being white. You win if you are not White. If you have congestive heart failure at the same time, you get a point. So if you are a white patient with congestive heart failure, this is not enough for you.
It’s the same story in Minnesota. Minnesota rewards so-called BIPOC patients. It means anyone who is not white. If you have high blood pressure and you’re 60, you get a point. So no luck for you. Imagine if it was one of your parents. He’s one of someone’s parents.
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In New York, writes Aaron Sibarium in a shocking new article for the Washington Free Beacon, “Racial minorities are automatically eligible for rare COVID-19 therapies, regardless of age or underlying conditions. “Regardless of their state of health. All that matters is the color of their skin. The Whites are not qualified.
It is not health care, it is a punishment, it is a punishment imposed on the basis of the color of the skin. Now the rationale for all of us, and the authorities couldn’t be clearer about it, they took their ideas straight from the universities in America, they will tell you why they are doing this, the rationale is history. The United States has abused racial minorities over the past centuries, they say. Therefore, whites must suffer now. So your ancestors did bad things or people who looked like your ancestors did bad things. So now we are denying you medication. They call it fairness. It is not fairness. It is collective punishment. This is the North Korean standard. This is the definition of evil.
And in case you were wondering, this is actually what it is, think about this: A young Haitian could cross our border illegally today. Many have. This person could present to a New York clinic tomorrow for COVID treatment and be preferred over an elderly U.S. citizen solely on the basis of their appearance. Think about it. The Haitian has not suffered from systemic racism in America, whatever it is. He just arrived. But he still goes to the front of the line.
Now, this is not a criticism of the Haitian. It’s not his fault. He didn’t make the rules. But the Americans who made the rules clearly did not set them on the basis of public health. They did them for the purpose of hurting a specific group of Americans. And they succeed. It happens everywhere, even in places you would never expect it to happen.
This man spoke to a worker at a Texas medical facility to find out exactly what their policies are.
HARRISON HILL SMITH: So I can’t get it today?
NURSE: Nuh uh.
SMITH: Because I’m not eligible? What if I like to smoke and vape? ‘
SMITH: But if I was black or Hispanic, then would I qualify? I am refused medical service because of my race?
NURSE: That’s the criterion.
So you can’t get life-saving drugs from the Texas government if you’re the wrong color. Think about it.
We reached out to the Texas Department of Health about this in November, and they denied allocating health care on the basis of race, but of course they were lying. The North Central Texas Regional COVID 19 Infusion Center was established by the Texas Department of Health last year. The infusion center website, which says it’s the state–funded, included an information sheet that explicitly mentioned race as an eligibility factor for antibody treatment. This is what you just saw there – someone is denied medical treatment because they are the wrong color, without even assessing the relative health risks involved. The website, run by Tarrant County, Texas, explains that being non-White automatically makes you eligible for treatment.
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So this is still happening on a large scale. The question is: why do Americans put up with this? It is immoral. We used to hear that your kids go to a certain school if they’re the wrong color or get a certain job if they don’t look the right way, and they’ve apparently accepted it. The only sin is complaining about it, that makes you a monster.
But denying health care to American citizens because of their race? It’s too much. In fact, it is terrifying.
This article is adapted from Tucker Carlson’s opening commentary in the January 10, 2022 edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight”.