Sixty take part in new vaccine trial at King’s – but more local volunteers needed

Katherine Johnston (27 October, 2020)

Volunteers should be healthy, aged 18-84, and live within easy reach of the hospital

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The first volunteers have been given the new Novavax COVID-19 vaccine through King’s College Hospital’s trial. 

Sixty healthy people have now either been given the vaccination or a placebo, but more volunteers are urgently needed as the jab undergoes rigorous testing.

Dr James Galloway, who is leading on the trial at King’s said: “One of the most effective ways we can defeat coronavirus is by finding a safe successful vaccine as quickly as possible, so that our lives can start returning to normal.  Clinical trials such as this are a key step in the process.

“This vaccine has successfully gone through early safety trials and results to date are very encouraging.

“We’re looking for 160 volunteers from our local community to help us measure how effective the vaccine is in stimulating the immune system to protect against COVID-19.”

Volunteers should be healthy, aged 18-84, and living within easy reach of the hospital.

Researchers are aiming for a quarter of participants to be over the age of 65, as well prioritising other groups that are most affected by COVID-19, including those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds

For more information or to register your interest visit: http://www.covid19trial-uk.com/?pn=10857NIHRWEB

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