U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Sunday addressed the general distrust of a COVID-19 vaccine among communities of color ― specifically Black Americans ― and how the government must work to restore trust that’s been eroded by years of medical racism.
CBS’ “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan asked the surgeon general how he planned to persuade skeptical Black Americans to get vaccinated for the virus that’s infected tens of millions of Americans and killed more than 317,000.
“I know that long before COVID, there were many diseases ― hypertension, cancer, diabetes ― that were plaguing communities of color,” Adams said. “And COVID just unveiled those disparities that have been around for a long time.”
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