More than 100,000 people in the UK have volunteered to participate in a COVID-19 vaccine trial as the country continues its search for a cure for the disease.
Researchers want volunteers from all parts of society, especially those who are more likely to benefit from a vaccine, including those over 65, frontline health and social workers, and those from black, Asian and minority backgrounds (BAME).
“I am truly grateful to the volunteers who signed up to the NHS vaccine registry for us to reach the milestone of 100,000 people registered in less than a month. I also want to congratulate staff in the research community, the NIHR and the NHS, who have worked so well in partnership to achieve rapid recruitment in trials to fight COVID-19. I encourage anyone who has not already registered to take a look at the website and consider whether they would like to join the registry, before full scale vaccine trials begin in the coming weeks, “said the Executive Director of the NIHR Clinical Research Network Dr William van’t Hoff.
The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said clinical studies with a diverse pool of volunteers will help scientists and researchers better understand the effectiveness of each candidate vaccine and significantly speed up efforts. to find a safe and usable vaccine.
The UK is one of the worst affected countries in the world by the COVID-19 pandemic, having reported 320,345 infections and 46,791 deaths.