Kamala Harris urges health professionals to ‘look like America’

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Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday called on a health professional who “looks like America” ​​and claimed that COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the systemic inequalities in the health system.

Harris announced that the Biden administration will invest $ 1.5 billion from COVID-19 emergency relief package to tackle the shortage of health workers in high-risk and underserved communities.

“Our nation must invest in a health care system similar to America and provide access to equitable health care for all Americans,” Harris said.

President Joe Biden, along with Vice President Kamala Harris, arrives to speak before signing $ 1.2 trillion in two-part infrastructure law during a ceremony on the southern lawn of the White House in Washington on Monday, November 15, 2021.

President Joe Biden, along with Vice President Kamala Harris, arrives to speak before signing $ 1.2 trillion in two-part infrastructure law during a ceremony on the southern lawn of the White House in Washington on Monday, November 15, 2021.
(AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

Funding will go to the National Health Service Corps and Nurse Corps, as well as the drug treatment and recovery programs, all of which offer scholarships and loan repayments to health students and workers if they promise to work in underserved and high-risk communities.

“Our administration’s goal here is to address the acute shortage of physicians, nurses, and behavioral health providers in both urban and rural areas,” Harris said.

FRONT-LINE LACK OF HEALTH WORKERS Due to. COVID-19 vaccine mandates, burnout

Vice President Kamala Harris (AP Images)

Vice President Kamala Harris (AP Images)

Regarding the White House COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, Harris said: “The President and I asked members of our Task Force to advise us not only on COVID-19 differences, but on how to get to the root of all the inequalities in the health care system that we face. And earlier this month, in their final report, the task force set clear priorities for our administration and for our nation. “

Emergency room nurses talk to each other at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital on August 18, 2021 in Houston, Texas.

Emergency room nurses talk to each other at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital on August 18, 2021 in Houston, Texas.
(Brandon Bell / Getty Images)

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“COVID-19 did not invent health inequalities. Just ask any health care professional and she will tell you: Health inequalities existed long before this virus reached our shores. Health inequalities stem from broader systemic inequalities,” Harris also said. “What COVID-19 has done is expose these inequalities, and it has irritated these differences.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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