What Colin Powell's Death Tells Us About Vaccines, Age, Race, Other Risk Factors

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What Colin Powell's Death Tells Us About Vaccines, Age, Race, Other Risk Factors

From Newsweek| Health by Aristos Georgiou

Colin Powell, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who served as the 65th U.S. Secretary of State, died on Monday due to complications from COVID-19 at the age of 84, according to a statement from his family.

Powell had been fully vaccinated and was being treated at the at Walter Reed National Medical Center where he passed away.

The 84-year-old, who held the distinction of being the first African-American Secretary of State, was being treated for multiple myeloma—a cancer of a type of white blood cell called plasma cells—which compromised his immune system, a spokesperson said, as reported by The New York Times.

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