Volunteers wanted for Covid-19 vaccine trial in Wrexham

Volunteers are needed to take part in a clinical trial of a vaccine against coronavirus in North Wales.

The BBC reports preliminary testing has been completed and showed promising initial results on antibody levels in healthy volunteers.

It will now be tested on nine thousand volunteers across eighteen regions around the UK including Wrexham.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Public Health Wales want people aged between eighteen and eighty four who live within a thirty mile radius of the town.

The study will involve volunteers making six visits to Wrexham Maelor Hospital over about thirteen months.

Dr Orod Osanlou, principal investigator for the Novavax trial, said “The vaccine has undergone phase I and phase II testing already which has shown that it is safe and I would encourage people close to Wrexham to consider taking part in the study.”

Prof Kieran Walshe, director of Health and Care Research Wales, which is coordinating the research, said “Research is absolutely vital to find new treatments for COVID-19, and a vaccine is the ultimate goal.”

For more information on the trials, and to see if you qualify to enrol, go to http://www.covid19trial-uk.com/?pn=10857NIHREM

This article was updated on October 29th to include the above link.

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