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Is It Lawful and Ethical to Prioritize Racial Minorities for COVID-19 Vaccines?

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law, Georgetown University, 600 New Jersey Ave NW, McDonough 568, Washington, DC 20001 (gostin@georgetown.edu).

Published Online: October 14, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.20571

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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