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During Roxbury Forum, Dr. Fauci Said Community Has 'Responsibility' To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

BOSTON (CBS) - Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert, dialed into Roxbury Tuesday night with an appeal to the community to get vaccinated for COVID-19 when it is available.

"You really have a responsibility to yourself and a societal and a community responsibility to be part of this broad protection," Fauci said.

The conversation about coping with COVID-19 was hosted by Rev. Liz Walker, Rev. Gloria White-Hammond and the Roxbury Presbyterian Church.

The forum aimed at dispelling the distrust of the health care system that runs deep among African Americans, Native Americans and Latinos.

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Rev. Liz Walker, Rev. Gloria White-Hammond and Dr. Anthony Fauci (WBZ-TV)

"It's important to understand that the process of the development of a vaccine and the decision as to whether or not it's safe and effective is a process that is independent of the federal government and independent of people who might have a vested interest," Fauci explained.

Fauci said three major drug companies are reporting positive results and no severe side effects in late stage trials.

On Tuesday, federal health officials said more than six million doses of Pfizer's vaccine could go out after it receives approval as early as December 10.

The discussion with Dr. Anthony Fauci was streamed live on CBSN Boston.

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