Urgent plea for more volunteers in drive to discover coronavirus vaccine

An urgent appeal for volunteers to take part in trials for a coronavirus vaccine has been issued by the UK government.

Around 100,000 people have already joined Covid-19 inoculation trials – but more are needed among over-65s, people who are black, Asian and from ethnic minorities, and frontline health and social care workers. reports MirrorOnline.

Vaccines Taskforce chairwoman Kate Bingham said: “Protecting those at risk is the only way we will end this pandemic.

“That’s why we are working as quickly as possible to run clinical studies on the most promising vaccines to see whether they offer protection against Covid-19, whilst adhering to the UK’s strict safety and regulatory processes – and we need people throughout the UK to sign up to the registry to help us achieve this.”

Many experts believe a vaccine is the only method to end the need for social distancing and other restrictions linked to the coronavirus lockdown.

The NHS Covid-19 Vaccine Research Registry will help large-scale vaccine studies take place across the UK.

National Institute for Health Research director Dinesh Saralaya said: “The best way to protect us from future outbreaks is to develop effective vaccines.



“Several vaccine trials are being conducted around the UK in the coming months and it is important that we all sign up to be contacted about them. I would like to reassure people that research trials and studies are strictly regulated for ethics and safety.”

He added: “By working together, we can produce efficient vaccines which are likely to protect all sections of our society from this dreadful virus in future.”

England’s Chief Medical Officer Prof Chris Whitty said: “The more people who volunteer to take part the more likely we find an answer to whether any vaccine is effective.

“Having 100,000 volunteers in just four weeks shows the selflessness of the public and is testament to the speed of work done by the Vaccines Taskforce, National Institute for Health Research and others to make signing up possible.

“I urge people to continue to sign up. It is important that we have people from different backgrounds and ages as volunteers, so that the vaccines that are developed work for everyone.”

To sign up to be part of the vaccine trial, click here.

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