NAACP To Host Digital City Corridor On Coronavirus Vaccine
The NAACP will host a virtual town hall event on Wednesday December 16 to discuss the coronavirus vaccine making its way across the country.
Congressional experts, guest speakers, and health professionals, along with Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO, will provide information and guidance on information, availability, and distribution of vaccine research. The latest in a number of town halls is titled Unmasked: COVID Vaccines and will take place at 8 p.m. EST.
“As we hear more about the potential end to the devastating impact COVID-19 can have on the lives of Americans and people around the world, African Americans express understandable concern and skepticism about the vaccines and treatments that are being developed,” said NAACP Senior Director of Health Program Dr. Marjorie Innocent said in a statement. “The dynamic speakers in this edition of our COVID: Unmasked Town Hall series provide clear information that helps us understand vaccine development, approval, availability and distribution.
The coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 16 million Americans and killed more than 307,000. However, it had a devastating effect on black Americans. Not only has the virus infected and killed more black Americans than other races, but the pandemic has hit black Americans economically as well.
CNN correspondent April Ryan will host City Hall with appearances from New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, former American Medical Association President Patrice Harris, Biden Advisory Board co-chair Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, and other health professionals will be on display.
Attendees can also join via an interactive toll-free conference call on the NAACP website. Those interested in joining the discussion can call 866-757-0756 or post a question on Twitter during the event by following @NAACP.
The NAACP held several virtual events during the pandemic to help educate Black Americans on how to get paycheck protection program money, how and when to get tested, and to vote during the pandemic.