To the editor:
In the Dec. 10 Alexandria Times, your story “City’s vaccine plans” mentioned the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, which was evil and inhumane. The deception and treatment of its Black patients was truly evil. Its impact on the moral and ethical implications of medical research in our society is profound.
In reality, as human beings we have a moral and ethical duty to save and preserve our life and that of others.
The development and creation of the COVID-19 vaccines is nothing remotely like the horrific research done in the Tuskegee study, which only used Black people to conduct experiments and research.
COVID-19 has disproportionately harmed the most vulnerable in our nation, including a disproportionate health care calamity of infections and deaths for Black Americans with COVID-19.
Black America has a moral and ethical duty to save and preserve our lives and those of others. History provides us with profound knowledge. Yet we can’t allow it to handcuff our considerations in saving and preserving life in this pandemic.
Black lives matter!
-Greg Thrasher, Fenwick Island, Delaware