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Apr 7, 2021
The race to vaccinate Latinx agricultural workers before the growing season
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The COVID-19 hospitalization rate among Latinx Americans is three times the rate for whites. And when it comes to vaccinations, disparity persists: 21.3% of the U.S. white population has been vaccinated while only 11.3% of the Latinx population has. Many Latinx Americans perform essential jobs — in agriculture and food processing, for instance, where there have been big COVID outbreaks. On today’s show: a new federal effort to vaccinate essential ag workers in a farming region of Washington. Plus, Americans are spending relief checks on paying down debt, why it’s so hard to strike a global corporate tax deal and why the first reparations program for Black residents is tied to homeownership.

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