Vaccine trials need Black people. And the Black economic recovery needs a vaccine.
The economic downturn from the novel coronavirus has had a staggering financial impact on Blacks. Job losses from the pandemic have overwhelmingly affected low-wage, minority workers. Black men and women are among those taking the longest time to regain their employment.
Black Americans account for about 13 percent of the U.S. population but 24 percent of coronavirus deaths, the Pew Research Center reported in June.
But when I ask the Black folks I know if they’re going to take a coronavirus vaccine, most without hesitation say, “No, I will not.”
They all reference the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study, which started in 1932 with the recruitment of 600 Black men. About half of the men in the