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‘Like Christmas Morning’ as Philly Teachers Get First COVID-19 Shots, but Grief for Nearly 45,000 Deaths in PA and N.J.

February 22, 2021

Sharrelle Barber, ScD, an assistant professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a Feb. 22 Philadelphia Inquirer story, also published in the Philadelphia Daily News, about the growing hope brought on by the COVID-19 vaccine mingling with the deep grief people are experiencing as the U.S. marked 500,000 coronavirus-related deaths.

“Philly has to ask itself: How did we get to where we are as a city, to see such devastating inequities?” Barber said. “I would hope we would see these deaths, the disproportionate impact, as an opportunity to do that critical self-reflection.”

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