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Baltimore Convention Center mass COVID vaccine site to prioritize vulnerable city residents amid criticism of inequity

March 2, 2021
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Amid criticism of inequitable access to Maryland’s limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines, the state’s mass vaccination clinic at the Baltimore Convention Center will prioritize people from underserved areas of the city, officials announced Monday. Officials announced they will “seek to fill as many appointments as possible” with people from some of Baltimore’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods to improve a striking racial disparity in vaccinations and the city’s ranking as third from last in the state in the number of residents vaccinated.

Article Source: Baltimore Sun

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