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First up for COVID vaccine: 75 and older. The average Black person in Shelby County doesn’t live that long

As the virus’s death toll climbs to more than 460,000 nationwide, policymakers around the country struggle to inject equity into vaccination policies. Putting the oldest people at the front of the vaccine line seems like an obvious choice, because more than half of the country’s COVID deaths have been people over 75. Setting the initial threshold at 75, however, ignores the fact that a smaller share of Black people reach that age than white people.