Racial Health Gaps Exposed by Covid a Wake Up Call for NIH

Oct. 2, 2020, 6:06 PM

The NIH will pour more work into eliminating health disparities that caused Black Americans and other minorities to suffer worse outcomes during the pandemic, the agency’s director said.

“We all have to recognize that COVID-19 has shown a bright light into the tragedy of health in equities and health disparities in the U.S,” Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said Friday. “And so we’ve got a big wake up call—as if we needed one here—that this is an area that NIH needs to work on even harder.”

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