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WATCH: Public health officials testify about addressing health disparities during COVID-19

A Senate committee examined the nation’s COVID-19 response through the lens of health disparities on Thursday.

Watch the hearing in the video player above.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions heard from witnesses from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Seattle Indian Health Board, Center for American Progress and Atrium Health.

More than 541,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and there have been about 30 million cases nationwide. So far, only 14 percent of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated.

READ: COVID-19 has already cut U.S. life expectancy by a year. For Black Americans, it’s worse.