When the presidents of two historically Black colleges in the US announced they were participating in a Covid-19 vaccine trial, they hoped to encourage other African Americans to do the same to ensure that an eventual vaccine has been tested on — and is effective for — people of color.

Instead, they’ve been met with widespread skepticism from people who point to the United States’ history of unethical medical experiments on Black people.

Presidents Walter Kimbrough of Dillard University and Reynold Verret of Xavier University sent letters to their university communities earlier this month saying they decided to participate in a Phase 3 trial of a vaccine in development by Pfizer. Overcoming the virus will require the availability of vaccines effective for all peoples in our communities, especially our black and brown neighbors,” they wrote.

Read more: CNN

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