Less than a quarter of Black Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to CDC data from mid-July.
Health experts said the life expectancy data is further proof of the disproportionate effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of color.
Black Americans are hospitalized with COVID-19 at 2.9 times the rate of white Americans and die at two times the rate, according to CDC data. Latinos are hospitalized at 2.8 times the rate and die at 2.3 times the rate of white Americans. Native Americans are hospitalized at 3.3 times the rate and die at 2.4 times the rate.
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