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Trump's fragmented pandemic response may undermine push to address racial disparities


A woman gets a coronavirus test in Seattle. The CDC's most recent data shows that Black and Latino Americans have been hospitalized for the virus nearly five times more than white people. | AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

In late April, a coronavirus research team from the Centers for Disease Control fanned out across two predominantly Black counties in Georgia, going door to door in face shields asking for samples of blood with little prior warning.

The plan backfired.

Community advocates said they fielded call after call from scared Black residents who were reminded of the Tuskegee syphilis study conducted on African Americans from 1932 to 1972. Fewer than one in four households approached took part in the antibody research, which may have diminished its accuracy and value, the CDC revealed this week.


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