Hesitant About Getting The Vaccine? Well, The Moderna Vaccine Was Developed By A Black Woman...
"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. Anthony Fauci said.
According to a Pew Research survey released December 4, while 63% percent of white Americans, 83% of English-speaking Asian Americans, and 61% of Latinx Americans report they will get the vaccine, only 42% percent of Black Americans report they will receive the vaccine. A Kaiser study released December 15 found 35% of Black Americans say they will probably or definitely not receive the vaccine.
Experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, point to centuries of racist medical abuse, from the forced sterilization of women of color to develop birth control to the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, that have caused many Black Americans to be wary of medical institutions. Anticipating the disparity, both Pfizer and Moderna intentionally tried to increase the number of Black participants in the trial phases of their vaccines, Insider's Taylor Ardrey previously reported.
"The first step is that scientists and physicians and vaccine developers and et cetera, is to understand that the onus of this problem is not on [communities of color] and their distrust; it is on us and our level of trustworthiness. And so, trust, especially when it has been stripped from people, has to be rebuilt in a brick-by-brick fashion," Kizzy Corbett said.