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New York will prioritize non-white people when distributing life-saving COVID treatments

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As COVID-19 rips through New York, the state government has decided to prioritize non-white people to receive COVID-19 treatments because of "longstanding systemic health and social inequities."

Last week, New York’s Department of Health released a document titled: "Prioritization of Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Monoclonal Antibodies and Oral Antivirals for the Treatment of COVID-19 During Times of Resource Limitations Introduction." The memo provides a hierarchy of who should receive the limited supplies of monoclonal antibodies as well as the new oral antiviral pills — Pfizer's Paxlovid and Merck's molnupiravir — that were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week under Emergency Use Authorization.

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