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Subject: Trump's Rushed, Racist Vaccine Strategy Seeks Votes, Not a Cure |
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Breaking the Sound Barrier
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*Weekly Column   Thursday, September 10, 2020*
Trump's Rushed, Racist Vaccine Strategy Seeks Votes, Not a Cure

*By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan*

Humanity, confronting the worst pandemic in a century, should be engaged in
an unprecedented collective race for a cure. Under the World Health
Organization, vaccine development is proceeding through a vast, global
collaboration. Noticeably absent, however, is the United States. Here,
President Donald Trump is intent on releasing a vaccine before the November
election, placing his lust for power above the urgent demands of public
health. Millions of Americans could be harmed if Trump forces the release
of a vaccine before it's proven to be safe and effective.

The coronavirus contagion disproportionately impacts African American,
Latinx and Indigenous communities, exposing long-standing inequities and
systemic racism in our healthcare system. Despite this, communities of
color in the US have been underrepresented in the clinical trials for
prospective COVID-19 vaccines.

Centuries of abusive treatment at the hands of medical researchers have
left people of color rightly skeptical of the experimental process.
Everyone wants a cure for COVID-19 and a return to a semblance of life as
we knew it. But the path forward must be inclusive, ethical, and
unambiguously free of Donald Trump's racism and political thuggery.

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