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Amid hesitation, Nashville urges vaccine trial participation

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The head of Nashville’s Meharry Medical College is urging Black and Hispanic people to participate in COVID-19 vaccine trials to ensure the treatments are effective in communities that have been hit the hardest by the virus.

Yet Meharry Medical College President and CEO, Dr. James Hildreth, acknowledged Thursday that minority populations have at times been used as “guinea pigs” in medical research.

He said overcoming that hesitation of new medical treatments remains a battle today.

Hildreth’s comments come as Pfizer announced earlier this week that early data suggests its COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective.

 

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