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Fernando Rodriguez with grandsons Ramón Rodriguez and Tín Rodriguez, wearing homemade masks at their home in Austin, Texas. Photo: Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez. Voces Oral History Center.

The pandemic disproportionately hit people of color in the U.S., and among them, younger Latinos were those most likely to die from the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans and Central Americans combined are the nation's largest minority group, and the lopsided effects of the virus highlight persistent disparities in health care and income in those growing communities.

By the numbers: Non-Hispanic white Americans account for 61% of all COVID-19 deaths, followed by Hispanics with 19%, Black Americans with 15%, and Asian Americans with 4%, according to an analysis by AP of the nation's 600,0oo deaths.

  • But the AP analysis found that Latinos, Native Americans and Black Americans are two or three times more likely than white Americans to die of the disease, after adjusting for population age differences.
  • AP also found Latinos died at much younger ages than other groups — among those under 65 who died of COVID-19, 37% were Hispanics, compared to 30% for Black Americans and just 12% for white Americans.  
  • Latinos 65 years and older were twice as likely to die from the coronavirus than white non-Latinos of the same age group, a study published in The Journals of Gerontology found.

The big picture: The Kaiser Family Foundation said high rates of COVID-19 deaths among Black Americans and Latinos parallel sharply with the low vaccination rates among those groups.

Intensive care unit nurse Natalia Useche. Photo: Voces Oral History Center.

Vaccination rates continue to be low in predominately Latino areas like East Las Vegas where just 25% have received jabs, according to the office of Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.).

  • That prompted Cortez Masto, the nation's only Latina U.S. senator, to plan events in East Las Vegas that would provide free Uber rides for Latinos to the vaccination drive.
  • "Now is the time to double down on our efforts to get people vaccinated. That means meeting communities where they are and making sure they know the vaccine is free and safe," Cortez Masto told Axios.
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto speaks at a Cinco de Mayo vaccination event in East Las Vegas. Photo: Cortez Masto's office.

Between the lines: Latinos are overrepresented in high-contact occupations, such as food, retail, service, transportation and health industries deemed as “essential.”

The intrigue: University of Texas journalism professor Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez launched an oral history project, "Voces of a Pandemic," to collect the stories of Latinos dealing with COVID-19.

  • The project interviewed hundreds of Latinos in Texas, Arizona, California, Iowa, Illinois, Oregon, New York and New Jersey.
  • "We want to make sure that in 50 years when somebody is remembering how the pandemic was affecting our country, they're going to have these interviews and we won't be invisible to history," Rivas-Rodriguez said.

Go deeper

White House to host forum on Latinos in media

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) Photo: Ken Cedeno-Pool/Getty Images

The White House is hosting a forum Thursday on how Latinos are portrayed in media and Hispanics' lack of representation in film and television.

The big picture: The scheduled panel discussions during Hispanic Heritage Month comes after a recent preliminary U.S. Government Accountability Office report found that Latinos are severely underrepresented in the media industry.

Oct 15, 2021 - Health

State COVID lotteries did not increase vaccination rates, study finds

California Gov. Gavin Newsom at a drawing for the state's Vax for the Win program in June. Photo: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

None of the 19 states that implemented statewide COVID-19 vaccine lotteries this summer saw an increase in vaccination rates as a result of the incentive programs, according to a study published Friday in Jama Health Forum.

Why it matters: The study is the first to examine the effectiveness of 19 state-run lotteries, and offers insight into how governments can better craft incentive-based policies, said Andrew Friedson, one of the study's authors and an associate professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver.

3 hours ago - World

Scoop: Jake Sullivan discussed Saudi-Israel normalization with MBS

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg and Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan raised normalization with Israel during his recent meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, three U.S. and Arab sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: Saudi Arabia would be the biggest regional player to sign onto the "Abraham Accords" peace agreement with Israel, and such a major breakthrough would likely convince other Arab and Muslim countries to follow suit.