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Monday Round-Up: Marshawn Lynch, Dr. Fauci Team Up To Discuss The COVID-19 Vaccine

Seahawks Legend Marshawn Lynch and chief medical advisor Dr. Fauci sat down to discuss vaccine hesitancy, education and science behind the vaccine and more.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Monday, April 19 – for your Seattle Seahawks.

Marshawn Lynch Sits Down With Dr. Anthony Fauci

The COVID-19 pandemic has been at the forefront of daily life since last March. As hospitalization numbers slowly improve and vaccines become more readily available, Americans can finally see an end in sight.

To spread more awareness and address some concerns about the vaccine, Seahawks Legend Marshawn Lynch spoke with Dr. Anthony Fauci, who serves as chief medical advisor to the president. In the discussion, Lynch and Fauci candidly spoke about the safety of the vaccine, how the vaccine was ready so quickly and if African Americans and other minorities should be hesitant to get vaccinated.

"Education has and always will be key," Lynch wrote in the video description. "I'm not telling you should or shouldn't, I'm just using my platform to help educate y'all and me, so no matter what you do or don't do, you have the information you need to make the best decision for you and yours."

Lynch and Fauci began by talking about how African Americans are more susceptible to COVID-19 symptoms, why that is and how that problem can be addressed. In terms of the vaccine, Fauci stressed how safe it's been through thousands of tests.

"It is safe because we tested it in tens of thousands of people, including African Americans and Hispanics," Fauci explained.

One of Lynch's main concerns was that the vaccine will become "mandatory" in order to rejoin the normal world. Fauci said that while we haven't gotten to that point in the United States, other countries have begun to do that. 

"I'm not saying I'm opposed or I'm telling my people not to get (the vaccine)," Lynch told Fauci. "I do want to know, I want to get educated more about the fact that this is something (some African Americans) do not feel like they want to do.

"I'm not here to push any agenda on any individual -- Black, White, Mexican, Asian, Indian or whatever. I would just like for the information to be accessible for all of these individuals so that they can go ahead and educate themselves. Then, at the end of the day, it puts them in a position (to make their decision)."

In typical Marshawn fashion, there were plenty of laughs and lots of thought-provoking moments throughout the discussion. Here's the full video:

Russell Wilson, Ciara Join 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

On Sunday, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara hosted "Roll Up Your Sleeves," a one-hour special on NBC to ease concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Before co-hosting the show, the couple joined "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" for an interview and the typical late-night hijinks. Fallon, Wilson and Ciara discussed their children, what they've been up to lately and the Why Not You Foundation. Wilson and Ciara also told the ridiculous story of their first date at the White House, which included live performances from Prince and Stevie Wonder, as well as dancing with the Obamas.

After the interview, Fallon challenged Russ and Ciara to a game of "Jinx Challenge." The name of the game is for each couple to yell out the same answer to a question at the same time. Did the Wilsons beat Fallon and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter? Find out here:

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