Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state whose leadership in several Republican administrations helped shape American foreign policy in the last years of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st, has died from complications from Covid-19, his family said on Facebook. He was 84.
“General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19,” the Powell family wrote on Facebook, noting he was fully vaccinated.
A source familiar with the matter said Powell had multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells that suppresses the body’s immune response. Even if fully vaccinated against Covid-19, those who are immunocompromised are at greater risk from the virus.
We will spend the day with people arguing on social media (and, I hope, not here) about the Great Meaning of something everyone already knew: that a vaccinated person with severe comorbidities is far more vulnerable than someone without them. Those who show an understanding of this principle are as likely as not to be launching into diatribes about the Iraq war. Me, I’m working on strategies to stay off social media.