Coronavirus: Volunteer Lamentation

I volunteered for the vaccine trial – here’s what happened
The race is on to try to find a cure for the deadly coronavirus that has swept the globe.

Human trials are under way of a potential vaccine for COVID-19 being developed by scientists at the University of Oxford.

If it proves effective it could be the silver bullet that brings the pandemic to an end.

Dr Ellie Cannon is a family GP and well-known broadcaster and columnist. She has volunteered to take part in the trial. Here, she explains why and what is involved.

This week, for the first time ever, I joined a medical trial.

Spurred on by my desire to do something practical to help the national effort in this terrible situation we all find ourselves in (although I am also working as a GP) I have signed up to be on the Oxford Vaccine trial.

The vaccination is called ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 and the the study will recruit 10,000 people to test the vaccination over a year.

I signed up to be a part of the study at University College London Hospital but there are many centres around the UK signing people up.

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