Vancouver Coastal Health: ‘No excuse for racial and discriminatory responses’

VANCOUVER Coastal Health said in a statement on Thursday that it’s adding its voice to those raising concerns about the increasing reports of anti-Asian incidents related to the current pandemic.

It added: “While an infectious disease outbreak of the scale and magnitude of COVID-19 can create fear and mistrust, there is no excuse for racial and discriminatory responses.

“From a health care perspective, the COVID-19 virus does not discriminate, and we cannot make any assumptions about who may be infected, or cast blame on others, based on their cultural background. Such views have no basis in public health, and no place in our society.

“Now, more than ever, Canadians must stand united and true to our shared values of diversity, inclusion and respect.

“Freedom from discrimination and racism is a key determinant of health. Vancouver Coastal Health remains committed to supporting the diverse communities it serves and reducing health inequities to create more equitable conditions and opportunities for everyone.”