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

Sep 10, 2020
Originally published on September 10, 2020 3:40 pm

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.