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New Study: People of color vastly underrepresented in US vaccine trials

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(CNN) - A new study shows people of color are vastly underrepresented in U.S. based vaccine trials.

Researchers looked at 230 vaccine trials with nearly 220,000 participants.

They found white people made up 78 percent of the participants.

Black people accounted for 11 percent while Hispanics made up 12 percent.

Black and Latino people are dying from COVID-19 at a rate three times higher than white people and are hospitalized four times as often.

Researchers hope increased diversity in vaccine trials will reduce hesitancy to take approved vaccines among minority communities.

The new research was published in the Jama Network Open Medical Journal.

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