Posted on December 01, 2020
Chris Beyrer, Patrick Sullivan, Adaora A Adimora, Kenneth Mayer
"President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were elected at an extraordinary moment in US history, with the COVID-19 pandemic surging, severe social and economic strain, and a reckoning over racial injustice. COVID-19 has revealed the structural weaknesses of the US health-care system and our millions of uninsured and underinsured people. Health disparities evident in the US HIV epidemic were replicated by COVID-19 with startling speed and severity, disproportionately affecting Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities, the poor, the unstably housed, the imprisoned, and those at the social margins.4 Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic is an urgent priority for the new administration. Responding to the HIV epidemic in the USA should be as well."