Some older people in France are reluctant to take the Covid-19 vaccine.
They are concerned by the speed at which most pharmaceutical companies are producing the vaccines with less than 100% efficacy.
One elderly French woman said if their actions are driven by profit, she will not be satisfied taking the vaccine.
But if it is for medical reasons she will take it and suppoort others to do the same.
Some old French residents in nursing homes have asked if they were guinea pigs being used to test the vaccines.
But health authorities are trying hard to explain that vaccines undergo extensive testing to ensure they are safe.
Scientists are however hopeful that in the coming weeks the vaccine will play help in knocking back a virus that has contributed to many deaths around the world.
In a related development, while many African-Americans are sceptical about the vaccines, Kizzmekia Corbett, PhD, who is a person of color is being praised by top infectious disease experts for her role in the vaccine’s development.
Corbett is the National Institute of Health’s lead scientist for coronavirus vaccine research. It is reported that the vaccine was actually developed in her institute’s vaccine research center.
The team of scientists was led by Dr. Barney Graham and Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, or Kizzy Corbett,” says Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Corbett in March was among the NIH scientists who met with President Donald Trump to discuss the coronavirus, which had not yet begun to decimate the United States.
She is said to have told a radio station ABC that being part of that meeting was important for young scientists and people of color.
“I felt like it was necessary to be seen and to not be a hidden figure, so to speak,” Corbett said. “I felt that it was important to do that because the level of visibility that it would have to younger scientists and also to people of color who have often worked behind the scenes and essentially [who have] done the dirty work for these large efforts toward a vaccine.”
Corbett, earned her doctorate from the University of North Carolina, is also an important symbol for the vaccine’s safety, Fauci said.
“So, the first thing you might want to say to my African American brothers and sisters is that the vaccine that you’re going to be taking was developed by an African American woman,” he said. “And that is just a fact.
Corbett’s work is also important in a country where Black students are less likely to enter fields in science, technology, engineering, and math — the so-called STEM fields.