#FIYAH! LIVESTREAM — DR. JAMES HILDRETH — “Should I take the COVID-19 Vaccine?”
(Submit your questions and comments for Dr. Hildreth in the comments section below and we will ask them during the livestream.)
According to Forbes, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that 90% of the population may need to be immune in order to stop the coronavirus from spreading, a marked increase from estimates earlier in the pandemic that put the figure closer to 60-70% and one that shows the steep challenge the U.S. faces as it tries to get the virus under control.
For African Americans, the vaccination question goes beyond availability and risk to focus on trust. In a year that has further unearthed America’s long and festering history of racism and inequity, including “Karen’s” police calls, killing innocent unarmed Black civilians and voter suppression, can we trust that America has our best interests at heart when it comes to this vaccine?
James Earl King Hildreth is an immunologist and academic administrator. Hildreth serves as the 12th president and chief executive officer of Meharry Medical College. Hildreth is credited with groundbreaking work around AIDS and HIV and was the first African American to hold a full tenured professorship in basic research at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Edward D. Miller calls Hildreth “one of the most influential HIV researchers in the world.”
HIldreth was also a part of the panel tasked by the FDA to make the final vote that would approve each of the vaccines for distribution. In a previous #FIYAH! livestream with the Black Press, HIldreth gave his assurances that if the vaccine wasn’t safe, he would not vote to approve its distribution and implementation.
Invite your family, friends and co-workers and join us for this informative and thought-provoking discussion with one of the world’s leading immunologists.
LIVE MON. 12.28.20 12PM ET: