The emergence of the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus and the resultant COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world to a standstill. In the United States, the morbidity and mortality associated with COVID-19 infection has disproportionately impacted Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, highlighting an underlying “second pandemic” perpetuated by the deeply-rooted health care inequities and social determinants of health. In this manuscript, we warn about a “Third Pandemic” on the horizon which could be driven by federal policies that fail to ensure equitable access to COVID-specific therapeutics for BIPOC communities, and the potential inequitable implementation of such policies that could further perpetuate disparities in health outcomes.
Mark A. Fleming II and Michael D. Williams
"A Third Pandemic is on the Horizon,"
Journal of Public Management & Social Policy: Vol. 28:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalscholarship.tsu.edu/jpmsp/vol28/iss1/4