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Health Officials Hail Vaccine Rollout

Alex M. Azar II, the secretary of health and human services, and Dr. Jerome Adams, the surgeon general, speaking on Monday as the first coronavirus vaccinations in the United States were being administered, hailed the medical achievement and implored skeptical Americans to get vaccinated.

We want everybody that’s here now to be here for next year’s holiday season. And thanks to the vaccine, that actually is possible, so now is not the time to let our guard down. This is not the end of our battle against Covid. But today marks a critical milestone towards the ultimate defeat of Covid-19. Three, two, one: vaccinate. Today is truly an historic day. Vaccinations have been a tried and true public health measure for hundreds of years. But the development of a Covid-19 vaccine is nothing short of revolutionary. And I hope everyone appreciates the importance, the significance, the history of this moment. We know that lack of trust is a major cause for reluctance, especially in communities of color, and that lack of trust is not without good reason. As the Tuskegee studies occurred within many of our own lifetimes, to truly combat vaccine hesitancy and encourage diverse enrollment in clinical trials, we must first acknowledge this real history of mistreatment and exploitation of minorities by the medical community and the government. It’s very important that we try not to have your muscle tense. There you go. And she’s still here smiling.

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