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Disability advocates demand public apology from CDC director after ‘hurtful’ comments

Disability advocates have demanded a public apology from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky after calling it “encouraging news” that the majority of COVID-19 deaths among vaccinated were people with pre-existing health conditions – or “who weren’t well to begin with”. with”, as she said.

On Friday, the leaders of several disability advocacy groups held a call with Walensky in which the director of the CDC apologized for his “hurtful” remarks last week on “Good Morning America.” The lawyers in turn asked a public apology of Walensky to the disability community.

In last week’s GMA interview, Walensky described a study of people who had been vaccinated, saying, “The overwhelming number of deaths, over 75%, occurred in people who had four or more comorbidities. So really, these are people who were not well at the start. And yes, really encouraging news in the context of omicron…we are really encouraged by these results.

People with disabilities were outraged, using the hashtag on Twitter #MyDisabledLifeIsWorthy, launched by activist Imani Barbarin, to challenge comments for having “rejected the story of the lives of vulnerable people being disposableand implying that their “lives are not worth protecting. “

After Friday’s call, Walensky tweeted her thanks to disability advocates for the meeting, saying she “see[s] looking forward to our continued commitments to address the disparities and inequalities compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The CDCs reading out loud of the call noted that Walensky had “apologized for the hurtful, yet unintended, statement regarding COVID-19 deaths and comorbidities,” and committed the CDC to “regular engagements” with the disability community. .

Après avoir rencontré Walensky, les défenseurs des personnes handicapées ont déclaré lors d’un appel à la presse que la question la plus importante pour aller de l’avant serait que Walensky donne suite à ses excuses avec des changements de politique.

Dans un lettre Jeudi, plus de 140 groupes de défense des personnes handicapées ont noté que les personnes handicapées et les conditions préexistantes ont été tuées de manière disproportionnée par COVID-19 et que “chacun de ces décès est une perte dévastatrice pour les familles, les amis et nos communautés au sens large”.

«Le licenciement et la dévalorisation des personnes handicapées ont été notre expérience quotidienne tout au long de cette pandémie», lit-on dans la lettre.

Les groupes’ demandes inclure des réunions régulières et continues entre les dirigeants du CDC et les groupes de personnes handicapées, ainsi qu’un appel au CDC pour qu’il centre les personnes handicapées et les autres communautés touchées de manière disproportionnée par le virus dans toutes ses directives COVID-19 au public.

Le coronavirus a tué plus de 840 000 personnes aux États-Unis au cours des deux dernières années, et les personnes handicapées ont été confrontées de manière disproportionnée à des maladies graves, à l’hospitalisation et à la mort. Avec la propagation de la variante omicron, les cas ont augmenté à travers le pays ces dernières semaines.

Wendy Lu a contribué au reportage.




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