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COVID-19 Information Dissemination Collaboration

The Black CIDC is a collective effort including Black and STEM professionals, communities, and organizations.

The Black CIDC recognizes the impacts of ongoing systemic racism on Black and other marginalized communities in our everyday lives and, particularly, in our relationships with scientific and health care enterprises. We also recognize the brilliance and science-mindedness of Black folk.

The Black CIDC uses its collective expertise to curate and disseminate credible information on COVID-19 vaccines. As our team grows, so will our website and dissemination strategies. To start, we have curated a few resources to help with discussions this holiday season and as we are watching coverage of vaccine roll-outs across the country.

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Breakdown of data from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccine trials

Epidemiologist (a scientist who studies diseases within populations),
Dr. Katelyn Jetelina, started yourlocalepidemiologist.com to bring clarity to COVID-19 in areas that align with her expertise.

National Institutes of Health Vaccine Scientific Lead, Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett presenting more detailed overview of vaccine development

This is a longer presentation that may be helpful for those with science backgrounds, but who are not experts on vaccines. For captioning click “cc” icon at bottom right of video.

How do mRNA vaccines work?

Dr. Asher Williams created this TikTok video on mRNA vaccines. We find this helpful because mRNA vaccines are a new technology, and Dr. Williams does a great job speaking to concerns. Captioning available on video.

How do mRNA vaccines work in the body?

ASAP Science created this video overview of mRNA vaccines. We find this helpful because the two vaccines approved for emergency use are mRNA vaccines. Captioning available on video.

CDC site on COVID-19 vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s collection of resources on COVID-19 vaccines

On January 11, 2021 @ 6:30pm EST, Dr. Richard Watkins will host a community town hall

Dr. Watkins is a virologist and CEO of The Science Policy Action Network.

What are the differences between the two vaccines approved for emergency use?

An AARP article comparing the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines

Why can vaccines induce better immunity than natural infection?

Dr. Maitreyi Shivkumar authored article on The Conversation.

Deputy Director of the CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Dr. Jeffrey Hall speaks with Black Press USA on COVID-19

Recording of live-streamed discussion with the CDC’s Chief Health Equity Officer.

The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity Resource App

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center created an app that includes COVID-19 information

What should pregnant individuals know about COVID-19 and the vaccines?

Dr. Nicole Rankins answers important questions about pregnancy and COVID-19 on her podcast.

Black scientists who will speak to their broader faith communities about vaccines

Dr. Michael Johnson started a contact list of Black scientists who are willing to talk to people who share their same faith. Information on religion, denomination, and home church/mosque/synagogue is available along with contact information.

Black Press USA hosts Black physicians in a discussion on COVID-19 vaccines

Recording of live-stream discussion to respond to, “Should I take the vaccine?”. Captioning available on video.

The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center town hall on COVID-19 vaccines

Panelists responded to questions from the moderator and the audience around COVID-19 vaccines. Captioning available on video.

PBS report on building trust in Black communities featuring Black scientist leaders

Dr. Kishana Taylor adds perspective to the speed of vaccine development. Transcript available under video.

Who are some of the Black experts we follow on social media for information on vaccines?

@KizzyPhD on Twitter and Instagram
@JamesEKHildreth on Twitter
@uche_blackstock on Twitter &
@uche_blackstockmd on Instagram
@DrOniBee on Twitter
@DrNunezSmith on Twitter
@KYT_ThatsME on Twitter
@Cleavon_MD on Twitter


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