Here's what you should know about mixing two different COVID vaccines

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In mid-April, the New York Post ran a story about a worried patient who suffered a vaccine mix-up. "Man accidentally gets one Moderna and one Pfizer COVID vaccine," the headline read.

Both the Moderna and the Pfizer coronavirus vaccines, which are being distributed in the United States, require two separate shots to be complete; the Moderna vaccine is delivered in two injections spaced 28 days apart, while for Pfizer, the difference is 21 days.

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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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