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HBCU Leaders Are Urging Black And Brown People To Join COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

Xavier University of Louisiana

COVID-19 vaccine trials are underway in Louisiana, but there’s a national concern that these clinical trials won’t reflect the country’s racial and ethnic make-up.

That’s especially problematic given that COVID-19 has disproportionately infected and killed Black and Latino people — and it’s prompted the presidents of both Dillard and Xavier universities to participate in a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial run by Ochsner. They also released a joint letter urging more racial and ethnic minorities to sign up.

For more, reporter Rosemary Westwood spoke with C. Reynold Verret, the president of Xavier University.

Rosemary Westwood is the public and reproductive health reporter for WWNO/WRKF. She was previously a freelance writer specializing in gender and reproductive rights, a radio producer, columnist, magazine writer and podcast host.

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