Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, director of ICAP at Columbia University, is quoted in a May 27 AP article on the COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. exceeding 100,000 people.
Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, director of ICAP, a global health center at Columbia University, called the U.S. death rate shocking.
“It reflects the fact that we have neglected basic fundamentals for health,” El-Sadr said. “So, now we are in this shameful situation. It is the most vulnerable people in our midst — the elderly, the poor, members of racial/ethnic minority groups — who are the ones disproportionately getting sick and dying.”