AJoB Commentary: To What Extent Are Calls for Greater Minority Representation in COVID Vaccine Research Ethically Justified? – by Angela Ballantyne & Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra
Minoritised ethnic groups are over-represented in Covid-19 mortality and morbidity rates, but under-represented in Covid-19 vaccine research. In their American Journal of Bioethics Commentary “To What Extent Are Calls for Greater Minority Representation in COVID Vaccine Research Ethically Justified?” Angela Ballantyne and Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra discuss to what extent such under-representations constitue an injustice.
They examine whether there is a biological imperative to achieve racial equality in research inclusion and how involvement in research may impact on these populations’ historically-based distrust in medical research and vaccine products.
Their piece is a timely contribution to the ongoing discussions of structural and institutional racism in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and how we can (and must) reduce racialised inequalities going forward.
You can read the full article here.