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Victoria Baptiste

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How do you ask the members of a society to give their trust to medicine when there are many historical reasons why they do not trust medicine and doctors?

It is a dilemma that American nurse Victoria Baptiste has to deal with every day as she travels around Baltimore County, Maryland, as part of her work in a mobile clinic to administer vaccines against the Corona epidemic.

And one question has been being asked repeatedly over the past two years, especially by black patients of hers, which is: We’ve been used and exploited in trials in the past, how can we now trust this vaccine?

The immediate trigger for this question is often posts containing inaccurate information they encountered on Facebook or Twitter. But her black patients’ fears didn’t just stem from online misinformation. Their distrust of medicine and the US health system goes back much further.

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