Tuskegee University, which is linked to one of the most notorious medical experiments in U.S. history, wants to build trust between researchers and Black volunteers necessary for trials of COVID-19 vaccines.
Efforts to recruit Black volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine trials have stumbled this fall, despite high rates of hospitalizations and death in the African American community. Experts from Tuskegee University hope to change that by encouraging drug companies and researchers to adopt practices to protect vulnerable study participants.
Recently, four experts from Tuskegee and Harvard Universities wrote an article in the New England Journal of Medicine urging researchers to convince Black volunteers they can be trusted.
Black people account for 21 percent of the deaths from coronavirus but only 3 percent of vaccine volunteers. David Hodge, associate director of education at Tuskegee University’s National Center for Bioethics in Health Care and Research, said the lack of minority participation undermines trial