Tuskegee Effect

 

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine is going slowly in Tuskegee because of the city's painful history with medicine.

For 40 years the government used Black men in the city as test subjects when studying syphilis.

COVID-19 minorities
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COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Alabama, but help may be on the way. Over 40,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine are expected to come to the Yellowhammer State next week. 

Studies have shown throughout the pandemic that COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting minority communities. However, many in the Black community appear hesitant to get the vaccine. Researchers believe this is tied to a long-held distrust of the government because of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

Stan Ingold APR

 

 

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