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Vaccine messaging must address grim history of race-based experiments

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  • Brian Richmond says:

    The decision to extend the time between the first and second Pfizer vaccination is undermining trust in the health care system. The Pfizer vaccine was approved by Health Canada which specifies the interval between the first and second vaccinations is to be 21 days, not the 4 months that a committee of so-called health care advisors decided to implement. The age demographic, 65 years of age and older, have immune systems which do not work as well as younger people, extending the interval between the first and second Pfizer vaccine injection beyond the approved 21 days puts those who are 65 and older at risk. I resent being required to involuntarily accept the extended interval between the first and second Pfizer injection which is imposed participation in a ‘scientific’ experiment and contravenes ethical, legal, and moral standards. Nazi SS Dr. Mengele would have approved of the imposed medical experiment. Re-institute the administration of the Pfizer vaccinations so they comply with the Canada Health approved 21 day interval between the first and second doses.

  • Dianne says:

    Thank you Claudia for this timely article, this is such an important conversation for everyone to be engaged in.

  • Heather Gordon says:

    Thanks for this lovely article that touches on so many important factors affecting racialized minorities. You provided relevant examples that will hopefully raise consciousness and prevent inactions in Canada…Something has to be done!! Heather

  • Bob Parke says:

    Thank you for this timely article. It is important for us to reflect on the history of racism in medical research and the impact on practice especially in times of crisis as we facing now with COVID-19. This is seemingly a time of despair due to the duration of the pandemic, the restrictions in our life styles, the devastation due to loss and morbidities from COVID-19. The challenge for us is that so much hope is placed in a vile(s) of vaccine to make a difference. Believing that the vaccines can make a difference, we have work to do to build trust with communities that have been victims of racism in research and care. While it may take some cultural humility from those of us more privileged, as I am, building bridges of trust now during this crisis can be beneficial as we move forward with current research, practice and care.

  • Graham W S Scott says:

    This is excellent history for all to absorb. It is the recognition of such abuses that helps impact real change.
    The incredible advances in medical science have often obscured the reality that gender and ease have not had equal treatment and recognition!

    • Heather Gordon says:

      Thanks for this lovely article that touches on so many important factors affecting racialized minorities. You provided relevant examples that will hopefully raise consciousness and prevent inactions in Canada…Something has to be done!! Heather Gordon

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Claudia Barned

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Claudia Barned, PhD, is a Bioethicist at University Health Network (UHN) and an Associate Research Member in the Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit at Institute de recherches cliniques de Montreal.

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