By Andrew J. Yawn
Posted by Will Moss
Today we announced #TheJustProject to support #HBCUs seeking to provide a safe return to campus. @HowardU, @MSMEDU, @MeharryMedical, @XULA1925 and @_HamptonU will be first to receive donations to ramp up #COVID19 testing. https://t.co/YpsfFMwRMw pic.twitter.com/yWD9MY1Kt0— Thermo Fisher (@thermofisher) August 12, 2020
Eight historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have received millions in funding that will allow them to expand and establish on-campus COVID-19 testing facilities.
Thermo Fisher Scientific donated $15 million in diagnostic instruments and test kits to the HBCUs as part of The Just Project, which seeks to address the COVID-19 pandemic in communities of color.
Black Americans have experienced the highest COVID-19 mortality rate (97.9 deaths per 100,000) in the country, more than twice the mortality rate for white Americans, according to analysis by APM Research Lab.
As of Oct. 5, the donations had been given to Howard University College of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, Xavier University of Louisiana, Hampton University, Tuskegee University, Florida A&M University, and North Carolina A&T University, with more expected to be announced.