Tiffany Haddish landed an exclusive interview with esteemed immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci for her YouTube channel.
In the video posted late August, the comedienne went one-on-one with Fauci, the White House’s leading expert on coronavirus, discussing the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on the Black community and vaccine development, and revealing her own bout with the contagion.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, took the time to clear up what Haddish saw as “a lot of misinformation” circulating regarding the fast-spreading virus.
“From my community, we see things going on, we see stuff on the internet and I try to use my discernment,” Haddish said as she prepped to ask several questions.
During the 34-minute interview, Fauci addressed numerous issues about COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, including the origin of the virus, the pros and cons of taking herbal supplements to fight off and prevent contraction, as well as the government-backed race to find a preventative.
Although vaccines must go through extensive trials before being distributed to the general public in a process that typically takes years and years to complete, Fauci said he understands why many in the Black community may not be inclined to be inoculated.
“It’s understandable that people can have some hesitancy about getting vaccines,” Fauci said.
“You can’t expect the people who aren’t trustworthy about vaccines to just believe everybody,” he continued. “I think particularly in the African-American community, which, over decades, historically, have suffered from being taken advantage of by medical community and testing. I mean the infamous Tuskegee [Experiment] is something we will never, and should never forget.”
Over the course of the conversation, Haddish revealed that she tested positive for COVID-19 three months ago. The Carmichael Show actress said she tested twice for the disease, once after being potentially exposed on a film set, which came back negative, and again after someone she knows contracted the virus.
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“Get the tests the second time. I’m not feeling any symptoms or anything, and it comes back like two days later, and they said I did have the coronavirus,” said Haddish, who has been dating and quarantining during the pandemic with rapper Common.
“Then I went and tested again, didn’t have the virus, and then I got tested for antibodies, they said I had antibodies,” she explained. “Then I get tested again, no virus, and then I had them test me for antibodies again, and then they said I don’t have any antibodies.”
“So I think I’m superhuman.”
In total, Haddish disclosed she’s taken 12 coronavirus tests as she returned to work.
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