As multiple coronavirus vaccine candidates begin human trials, researchers will need tens of thousands of volunteers to participate in the studies. To help streamline the process, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has created a website for people who want to volunteer to participate in clinical trials for coronavirus vaccines.
If you want to register, go to coronaviruspreventionnetwork.org, where you will be asked to take a survey to determine if you qualify.
The short questionnaire will attempt to determine your risk of contracting COVID-19. Researchers are looking for people who are likely to come in contact with the virus, so they may reject people who work from home, or do not come in contact with people outside of their house on a daily basis.
They are also looking for older people who have underlying health conditions. Dr. Richard Novak, who is leading a vaccine trial at the University of Illinois at Chicago, told CNN he wants around 40% of the volunteers to be over the age of 65.
Novak said that those who are accepted will have seven appointments throughout the two-year study, where they will be tested for COVID-19. They will also be required to keep a weekly journal detailing any symptoms they may have, and they will be in contact with the researchers to discuss any medical issues or complications they may have.
"It has to be done really meticulously because that's a key part of clinical research," Novak said. "The data has to be impeccable."
Health officials hope that researchers can develop a safe and effective vaccine by the end of the year.
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