Six thousand UK volunteers will be called upon to join another leading phase three Covid-19 vaccine study, as researchers around the world continue to work to secure a range of vaccines to help tackle coronavirus.
The latest study, co-funded by the UK government’s Vaccine Taskforce, will test the safety and effectiveness of a new two-dose regimen for a vaccine candidate, developed by The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. The study will recruit up to 30,000 people worldwide, with at least 500 people needed to take part at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital.
Volunteers from a variety of age groups and backgrounds, including some of the thousands who have registered to be contacted about vaccine studies through the NHS Covid-19 Vaccine Research Registry, will begin taking part in the latest study at 17 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) sites across the UK, including Plymouth, Southampton, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Leicester, Sheffield, Manchester, Dundee and Belfast. Recruitment into the study will complete in March 2021 and the study will last for 12 months.
The study will be run by researchers at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, from the Derriford Centre for Health and Wellbeing, on the hospital grounds. Dr Claire Bethune, Consultant Immunologist at the Trust, will lead the study locally. She said, “This is a great opportunity for the people of Plymouth to contribute to the global effort against COVID-19. It`s likely that we will need a range of treatments to prevent COVID-19 : some may work better for different scenarios. Trials like this are key in unlocking these potentials.”
Dr Gary Minto, UHP`s Director of Research, Development and Innovation added, “It is typical of the Plymouth community that so many people have already come forward to help, standing with the University Hospitals Plymouth staff in the fight against the Coronavirus. Our Research, Development and Innovation team are going above and beyond in order to make this possible. We are also seeing a big contribution from our pharmacy and laboratory team and student nurses from the University of Plymouth are also volunteering to help.
It is important that people who are interested in participating are reassured that they will not be prevented from receiving a licenced COVID-19 vaccine should one become available during the course of the study.
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