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Fauci pleads with Baltimore ministers to get extra folks vaccinated towards COVID-19

Fauci pleads with Baltimore ministers to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19

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Friday, January 22, 2021
WBAL-TV 11

The President's Leading Coronavirus Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, met with a group of Baltimore ministers on Friday to ask for their help in vaccinating minorities against the coronavirus.

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, repeatedly affirmed a long history of suspicion about medicine and research in the black community.

"We need your help," said Fauci.

As part of the Biden government's plan to increase vaccination rates in black and brown communities, Fauci tried to convince ministers to turn their churches into centers of reliable information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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To date, approximately 4% of the Maryland population has received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the White House, whites are vaccinated more than black and brown.

Blacks make up 31.1% of Maryland's population, but 15.1% of those vaccinated. Hispanics and Latinos make up 10.6% of the population of Maryland, but 4% of the people are vaccinated.

In the virtual meeting with ministers, Fauci tried to break down barriers by first recognizing that many people of color feel that medicine is using them as guinea pigs: "What about the safety and effectiveness? Is it safe and effective?" Should i believe the government? Hell, you lied to us so many times why should I believe you now? "

Ministers raised issues related to vaccine access that have proven difficult to reach. Fauci said the Biden plan is setting up community sites and mobile vaccination trucks.

"President Biden really criticized that. He said," Wait a minute, I want to make sure we have the skills to get into those churches where people don't just walk around the corner and into a CVS or a Walgreen & # 39; s can go get the vaccine, "said Fauci.

Fauci spoke about the impact of what he called "false news" on public confidence in the vaccine.

"There was so much misinformation. You know, it's a joke and false news," said Fauci. "People have great faith in their churches, and when the church takes the lead in bringing the right information to people, it is amazing how you can help turn things around."

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said Friday he will be given the COVID-19 vaccine but will not skip the line: "A needle in my arm means one of our senior citizens or frontline workers is not going to get it. Me will do it. " Take it where a normal 36 year old gets it in the pyramid, but I'll get it. "

Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby sent a statement to 11 News saying, "The unequal administration of vaccination for black and brown communities has absolutely nothing to do with fear. There are tens of thousands of Baltimore people who are current Meet criteria and have a desperate desire to get vaccination.

"Like her, I've decided to put my faith in science. I'll get the vaccine as soon as it's available to my priority group. But we need to move away from the narrative, which focuses on the fear people are about the." Might Have Vaccine, and Focus on Why Its Launch was a disaster for underserved communities that need it most.

"We have a very long way to go to correct the flaws in this vaccine distribution and to remove the indescribable reality of our history. It is not easy to shake the fear of the medical system that arises from the history of experimentation and immoral treatment Coming from Black Families, as a son of Tuskegee University, I learned firsthand the deep gulf of trust and the traumatic effects caused by vicious medical professionals and systematic racism in the healthcare sector.

"And while all of this context needs careful attention, outreach and resources to be addressed, I urge people in my community to speak about their desire to be vaccinated, hold elected leaders accountable, and encourage one another to help us through this pandemic can survive. ""

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