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In December 2020, the United States entered a critical new stage in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued its first emergency use authorization for a vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19.

This authorization for use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was followed by authorizations for use of vaccines made by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. These vaccines brought relief and hope to millions of people across the U.S. But they also led to a new wave of questions and concerns.

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National Academy of Medicine members urge Latinx/Latino(a)/Hispanic Americans to get vaccinated

Latinx/Latino(a)/Hispanic members of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) came together to share an important message: To bring our families back together, we must accept the responsibility of ensuring our communities are vaccinated. Hear these experts encourage the Latinx/Latino(a)/Hispanic communities across the nation to trust the science, research, medicine they supported to develop a safe and effective vaccine and the importance of protecting our loved ones.

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Hear from Latinx/Latino(a)/Hispanic members of the NAM on why they chose vaccination for their health and the health of their families:

  • Claire Brindis, DrPH
  • Carlos del Rio, MD
  • Elena Fuentes-Afflick, MD, MPH
  • Gustavo D. Aguirre, VMD, PhD
  • Linamara R. Battistella, MD, PhD
  • Carrie Lynn Byington, MD
  • Francisco Cigarroa, MD
  • Maria del Carmen García Peña, PhD
  • Julio Frenk, MD, MPH, PhD
  • Cutberto "Bert" Garza, MD
  • Guillermina Lozano, PhD
  • Gabriel Núñez, MD
  • Maria A. Oquendo, MD, PhD
  • Rafael Perez-Escamilla, PhD
  • Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD
  • Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPHm MPH
  • Héctor P. Rodríguez, PhD, MPH
  • Jaime Sepulveda, MD, DSc, MPH
  • Martín-José Sepúlveda, MD ScD
  • William A. Vega, PhD
  • Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN
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