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The latest on the coronavirus pandemic: Live updates – CNN International

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A sign for the Food And Drug Administration is seen beyond the companys headquarters in White Oak, Maryland, on July 20. Sarah Silbiger/Getty ImagesVaccine consultants are urging the US Food and Drug Administration to do as much as possible to encourage pharmaceutical business to register varied populations in their clinical trials of speculative coronavirus vaccines. Diversity is needed to ensure the vaccine works in the groups hardest struck by the coronavirus pandemic, and to make sure that those groups rely on the vaccine enough to get it when several are offered, members of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee stated at the groups first meeting to go over a prospective Covid-19 vaccine.Dr. Luigi Notarangelo, chief of the Laboratory of Clinical Immunology And Microbiology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated Black Americans currently have a strong suspect of vaccines and drug companies. If minorities do not enlist in vaccine trials in enough numbers, “their trust will diminish even further,” Notarangelo said.”Perhaps the White population will be protected and we will only see extreme cases of Covid among the Blacks, which would be an overall disaster from a social standpoint,” he said.”I do not understand what could be done however something needs to be done to help with inclusion of a vulnerable population, in this case, the Black population.”NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci has stated that about 37% of the volunteers in coronavirus vaccine clinical trials should be Latino, and 27% be Black.Vaccine maker Moderna stated Thursday it has registered 30,000 volunteers in its coronavirus vaccine trial and says 20% of them are Latino and 10% are Black.Vaccines and medicines can work in a different way in different racial and ethnic groups, so diversity in scientific trials is crucial. Black individuals are 2.6 times more most likely to get Covid-19 than White individuals, and Latinos are 2.8 times more most likely to get Covid-19 than White individuals, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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