Pfizer Fellowship for Black Students Challenged in Federal Lawsuit

Do No Harm Medicine, headquartered in Glen Falls, Virginia, has filed a lawsuit in federal district court in New York, claiming the Breakthrough Fellowship Program of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is racially discriminatory. Since the company is a federal contractor, any program that excludes certain racial or ethnic groups is against the law, according to the lawsuit.

The Breakthrough Fellowship Program works to advance students and early career colleagues of Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic, and Native American descent with the goal of developing the company’s pipeline of diverse leaders. The program provides college seniors with scholarships, summer internships, and two years of employment after college.

Do Now Harm Medicine bills itself as “a diverse group of physicians, healthcare professionals, medical students, patients, and policymakers united by a moral mission: Protect healthcare from a radical, divisive, and discriminatory ideology. We believe in making healthcare better for all – not undermining it in pursuit of a political agenda.” The group says it is “combating the attack on our healthcare system from woke activists.”

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