*Many Black Americans don’t trust the COVID vaccine, which is why Dr. Anthony Fauci is now claiming that because a Black woman is on the forefront of creating one, all fears should be pushed aside.
As reported by TMZ, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert spoke about racism in medical research at an event Tuesday hosted by the National Urban League. During the conversation, Fauci noted the Black scientists who are contributing to the development of COVID vaccines, including Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett.
Here’s more from the TMZ report:
Corbett’s a pretty big deal in the medical research world. She’s the lead scientist for coronavirus vaccine research at Fauci’s National Institute of Health. She was also part of the team that worked with Moderna to develop its vaccine that’s expected to get emergency use authorization from the FDA and be rolled out later this month.
Fauci added, “So, the first thing you might want to say to my African-American brothers and sisters is that the vaccine that you’re going to be taking was developed by an African-American woman. And, that is just a fact.”
Dr. Fauci claims that the upcoming Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and that Black folks should fear not because Black scientists have been involved in their development.
“The very vaccine that’s one of the two that has absolutely exquisite levels — 94 to 95% efficacy against clinical disease and almost 100% efficacy against serious disease that are shown to be clearly safe — that vaccine was actually developed in my institute’s vaccine research center by a team of scientists led by Dr. Barney Graham and his close colleague, Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, or Kizzy Corbett,” Fauci said.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams said the federal government must “validate and acknowledge peoples’ legitimate fears” over the vaccine.
“Many people of color have good reason not to trust the government or the health care system, and we’ve got to remember that while a lot of the framing is often political, and there is no doubt that there is a higher level of distrust for this administration, it goes back well beyond or before this administration,” Adams said in an interview.
Adams goes on to claim that “something like Tuskegee will never happen again in this country, because you have lots of oversight.” Adding, “And then we have to engage again with trusted partners, because for some people, it doesn’t matter what I say as long as I’m a representative of the federal government. And it doesn’t matter which administration I’m under, they’re still not going to trust me.”
Meanwhile, the Trump administration is reportedly encouraging Black leaders to ask members of their organizations to volunteer for vaccine trials.