The Race for Inclusion

Under pressure to ensure inclusion, COVID-19 vaccine trials are “face to face with health care’s deepest fault lines,” write Eric Boodman.
People of color often mistrust the medical system because of racism past and present—and they are less likely to have health insurance, raising concerns about getting care for vaccine-related side-effects.
Thoughtful outreach efforts have been key, helping one Moderna trial go from 7% Black enrollees in late August to 13% by mid-September.
But these efforts are about more than securing recruits.
“We’re reaching out to build trust, period,” to ensure the public embraces a vaccine when it finally arrives, said Susan Little, head of AstraZeneca’s vaccine trial.


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