Health officials in Tennessee spent the past week defending why they didn’t promptly begin vaccinations when the state received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer on Monday. A week later, those doses will go to Nashville General Hospital, according to spokesperson Sherry Gibbs.
African American communities, along with those of Latinos, have suffered disproportionately from the pandemic. Meharry has been helping overcome many Black patients’ skepticism toward medical studies.
Meharry Medical College in Nashville announced its largest-ever financial gift Thursday: $34 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Nashville’s COVID-19 stats continue trending in a positive direction except for one — the number of people getting tested at drive-thru centers. Traffic plummeted by more than 40% between the end of July and beginning of August — roughly double the drop seen statewide.
Metro Nashville is bringing COVID-19 clinical research vaccine trials to local residents. The city is partnering with medical institutions including Vanderbilt, Clinical Research Associates and Meharry Medical College. The effort is part of Operation Warp Speed, a federal initiative to “deliver 300 million doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 by January 2021.”
Drive-thru testing centers around Middle Tennessee are seeing demand like never before this week. And the early signs suggest many people are showing up without symptoms.
Meharry Medical College is asking Congress for billions of dollars to help combat disparities that have emerged in the testing and treatment of COVID-19.
The president of Meharry Medical College is expressing skepticism over the decision to begin reopening the Metro Nashville economy.
The coronavirus doesn’t discriminate. But some physicians say the public health response is already showing familiar patterns of racial and economic bias.
Listen / Diversity in medical schools has barely budged in the last four decades. That’s not a problem at Meharry Medical College, which already has a mission to train minority doctors. But the historically black institution is now taking on the issue in a broader way.