Success of COVID-19 vaccines depends on about 75 percent of people getting them, but distrust of medicine and of vaccines among African-Americans means they may not come close to that milepost. Two experts discuss historical reasons for distrust, how the system will have to come through in ways it has not in the past, and how community leaders will make a huge difference in how the new vaccines are accepted.


  • Dr. Leon McDougle, Prof. of Family Medicine, Ohio State Univ. and President, National Medical Assn.
  • Dr. Jewel Mullen, Assoc. Dean for Health Equity, Univ. of Texas-Austin Dell Medical School and former Acting Director, National Vaccine Program

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