“Medical racism is interfering with Canada’s COVID-19 response”Updated: July 14th, 2021
Global Citizen caught up with Dr. Krishana Sankar, a molecular and cellular biologist, and a core team member of COVID-19 Resources Canada, an online hub for the general public, researchers, and volunteers, to help facilitate Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
She shared her belief that medical racism is interfering with Canada’s COVID-19 response:
“We can’t contain COVID-19 if we don’t protect the people who are spreading it, who tend to be essential workers and tend to be racialized. If we can’t vaccinate the people who need it the most, it will continue to spread over and over and over again.
We know that certain places are hotspots for the coronavirus because of factories and other essential work. We need to focus on these areas and it’s extremely frustrating that the attention has not been given there. The only explanation we can conclude is that this has to be a byproduct of systemic racism.
It’s also about sharing information properly. There is a gap in vaccine information in English, but even more so in other languages. People who speak other languages go to social media to get their information, but there is a lack of reliable information on the coronavirus vaccines.”
Read Dr Sankar’s full interview here.