Every month through the fall, the government-funded Covid-19 Prevention Network will roll out a new study of a leading candidate, each with 30,000 volunteers.
The final US study of the Oxford shot is set to begin in August, followed by a candidate from Johnson & Johnson in September and one from Novavax in October.
That’s a stunning number of people needed to roll up their sleeves for science. In recent weeks, more than 150,000 Americans filled out an online registry signaling interest, Collins said. But many more are needed.
NIH is working to make sure that the study isn’t just filled with healthy, younger volunteers but includes populations hit hardest by Covid-19, including older adults, those in poor health and African-Americans, and Latinos.
“We really are going to depend upon that sense of volunteerism for individuals from every different corner of society if we’re going to really find out how this vaccine, and its potential to end this terrible pandemic, is going to work in each of those groups,” Collins said.
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