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Another hurdle for Californians in desperate need of COVID-19 vaccines: A quarter of Los Angeles residents – 2.4 MILLION people – live in ‘pharmacy deserts,’ study finds

Daily Mail, Jan. 6, 2021

January 6, 2021

Another hurdle for Californians in desperate need of COVID-19 vaccines: A quarter of Los Angeles residents – 2.4 MILLION people – live in ‘pharmacy deserts,’ study finds

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, found that 25 percent of [Los Angeles] county’s more than 2,300 census tracts live in so-called ‘pharmacy deserts.’ What’s more, results found that mostly poor, largely black and LatinX neighborhoods have the fewest pharmacies. … ‘My goal is to bring these concepts together at the intersection of pharmacy practice, public health and social justice to reduce health disparities,’ said first author Dr Cheryl Wisseh, a health sciences assistant clinical professor of clinical pharmacy practice at UCI, in a statement.