Vaccine Trials Skewed Toward Whites For At Least A Decade, Study Finds
Federal data showed that 78% of all participants in clinical trials dating to 2011 were white, while Latino Americans accounted for 12% and Black Americans 11%. In related news about health and racism, the FDA has issued an alert about the "limitations" of pulse oximeters.
Most Vaccine Trials Fail To Report Data On Participant Ethnicity Or Race
An analysis of the demographics of a decade’s worth of vaccine clinical trials has found that Black Americans, Latinos, American Indians, and Alaskan Natives, as well as people age 65 and older, were underrepresented as participants within these studies, though most of the differences, when compared with the U.S. population, were not especially large. Adult women, on the other hand, were found to be overrepresented. (St. Fleur, 2/19)
Racial Diversity Lags In Clinical Vaccine Trials Despite Push For Inclusion, JAMA Study Finds
Vaccinating communities of color, which have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic, has been a focus for both the Biden administration and many local governments. But federal data show that despite guidelines from the National Institutes of Health recommending more diversity in clinical trials, people of color are largely underrepresented. A study released Friday in JAMA Network Open suggests that the disparities started long before the pandemic magnified existing inequities. (Lozano, 2/19)
Majority Of People Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines Are White, Which Fauci Calls 'Disturbing'
Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said on Friday that racial disparities in COVID-19 vaccination are “very disturbing.” Fauci made the remark during an interview on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut.” He and host Joy Reid were discussing data that showed white populations were getting vaccinated at higher rates than communities of color. (Williams, 2/20)
Washington Taps Pastors To Overcome Racial Divide On Vaccine
Stately and deliberate, with a distinctive white streak in his black hair, the Rev. Wallace Charles Smith started his Valentine’s Day sermon at Shiloh Baptist Church by talking about love and vaccinations. “That’s what love’s all about. When you get a vaccination, you are saying to everyone around you that you love them enough that you don’t want any hurt, harm or danger to befall them,” he said. “In the spirit of love, keep at it until you get your vaccination. That’s the only thing that’s going to erase this terrible scourge.” (Khalil and Powell, 2/22)
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FDA Issues Alert On The 'Limitations' Of Pulse Oximeters
Two months after Democratic lawmakers expressed concern about potential racial disparities in pulse oximeter readings — calling the issue a matter of “life or death” — the Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued a public warning about the devices, acknowledging they had “limitations.” (Brodwin and St. Fleur, 2/19)