COVID-19

Black Americans have been left out of medical research for a number of reasons. That’s why the All of Us Research Program, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is so important. I am proud to partner with All of Us, a program that was designed specifically to close those racial gaps in medical research....

At least 10 COVID-19 vaccines are currently in the final phase of their trials, where the vaccine is given to thousands of people to test its safety and efficacy. But as the quest for a coronavirus vaccine continues, experts say there’s still an issue with how diverse these trials are, which could impact how effective a vaccine is for everyone....

As the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention repeatedly assure the public that the COVID-19 vaccine will be safe, indications that the review process may be undercut by politics has turned off people in minority communities to getting the vaccine when it becomes available — worrying physicians that communities disproportionately devastated by the pandemic are most at risk of being left out of immunization efforts....