Tuskegee researcher: ‘The men’s status did not warrant ethical debate’
March 17, 2021
The national dialogue on immunizing people of color against COVID-19 has brought past atrocities to light, forcing a conversation on the deep distrust engendered by government “medical care,” such as the Tuskegee experiment.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the substantial disparities in healthcare that have existed in the United States for many years. The Joint Commission recently issued tips for identifying healthcare disparities and addressing them.
Several months of data from the COVID-19 pandemic showed that African Americans and other people of color were disproportionately dying from the disease. Disparities in how COVID-19 affects minority communities highlight long-standing difficulties in achieving health equity in U.S. society, including clinical trials.