19th News: Pregnant people haven’t been included in promising COVID vaccine trials

19th News: Pregnant people haven’t been included in promising COVID vaccine trials. “Early results from two major COVID-19 vaccine trials have sparked hope that the worst of the pandemic may soon be over. But it’s still unclear if or when that relief would extend to pregnant people, who have been excluded from those vaccine trials.”

Walter Isaacson: I participated in the Pfizer COVID trial at Ochsner. Here’s how it went. (NOLA)

NOLA: Walter Isaacson: I participated in the Pfizer COVID trial at Ochsner. Here’s how it went.. “One of the mixed blessings of living in New Orleans, in addition to being able to dance in the eye of a hurricane, is that our frequent health challenges make it easy to enroll in clinical trials In my case, it’s the trial of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer, which just made big news with its good results.”

Covid: Brazil allows resumption of Chinese vaccine trial (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Brazil allows resumption of Chinese vaccine trial. “Brazil’s health regulator has announced that the trial of a Chinese coronavirus vaccine can resume. Anvisa suspended Brazil’s trial of the vaccine two days ago, citing a ‘severe adverse incident’ – reported to be the death of a volunteer. The head of the institute conducting the trial said the death had no connection to the vaccine.”

STAT News: Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech is strongly effective, early data from large trial indicate

STAT News: Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech is strongly effective, early data from large trial indicate. “The vaccine is the first to be tested in the United States to generate late-stage data. The companies said an early analysis of the results showed that individuals who received two injections of the vaccine three weeks apart experienced more than 90% fewer cases of symptomatic Covid-19 than those who received a placebo. For months, researchers have cautioned that a vaccine that might only be 60% or 70% effective.”

Cairo Scene: Egypt Now Accepting Volunteers For Covid-19 Vaccine Trial With New Website

Cairo Scene: Egypt Now Accepting Volunteers For Covid-19 Vaccine Trial With New Website. “News of a potential Coronavirus vaccine initially started circulating as little as two weeks into the pandemic, creating a lot of uncertainty throughout this already tumultuous period. However, it now seems now that more tangible news has popped up, bringing with it some potential for major advancements in the fight against the Coronavirus – the Ministry of Health are accepting volunteers to participate in the third phase of the clinical trials for the Coronavirus vaccine.”

Fierce Pharma: No need to panic about COVID-19 trial halts, FDA chief says. They show the system is working

Fierce Pharma: No need to panic about COVID-19 trial halts, FDA chief says. They show the system is working. “Headlines about COVID-19 vaccine and drug trial pauses may ring alarm bells for millions of people watching their progress, but FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, M.D., has another point of view. The breaks in the action actually show the development process is working as intended, Hahn told Bloomberg.”

KOAT: COVID-19 vaccine trials at Navajo Nation ‘overwhelmingly positive’

KOAT: COVID-19 vaccine trials at Navajo Nation ‘overwhelmingly positive’. “As COVID-19 vaccine trials around the world are put on hold because of safety concerns, the trials happening at the Navajo Nation are seeing great success. The nation became one of the first groups in the country to begin vaccine trials. Currently the medical team at the John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, said that since the trials began in September at least 40 people have signed up to participate in the trials.”

Exclusive: Moderna vaccine trial contractors fail to enroll enough minorities, prompting slowdown (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Moderna vaccine trial contractors fail to enroll enough minorities, prompting slowdown. “Private contractors hired by Moderna Inc to recruit volunteers for its coronavirus vaccine trial failed to enroll enough Black, Latino and Native American participants to determine how well the vaccine works in these populations, company executives and vaccine researchers told Reuters.”

New York Times: ‘I Won’t Be Used as a Guinea Pig for White People’

New York Times: ‘I Won’t Be Used as a Guinea Pig for White People’. “Recruiting Black volunteers for vaccine trials during a period of severe mistrust of the federal government and heightened awareness of racial injustice is a formidable task. So far, only about 3 percent of the people who have signed up nationally are Black. Yet never has their inclusion in a medical study been more urgent.”

IrvineTimes: ‘Dating site technology’ to help heart failure patients find clinical trials

IrvineTimes: ‘Dating site technology’ to help heart failure patients find clinical trials. “A UK charity for heart failure patients has developed a website which uses matching technology often used for dating sites to pair patients with appropriate clinical trials…. The charity says it hopes the system can help take the pressure off the NHS by no longer relying on healthcare staff to identify potential patients suitable for trials.”

Reuters: J&J kicks off study of single-shot COVID-19 vaccine in 60,000 volunteers

Reuters: J&J kicks off study of single-shot COVID-19 vaccine in 60,000 volunteers. “Johnson & Johnson JNJ.N on Wednesday began a 60,000-person trial of an experimental single-shot COVID-19 vaccine that, if proven effective, could simplify distribution of millions of doses compared with leading rivals requiring two doses.”

‘So far, so good’: The view from inside a coronavirus vaccine trial (Horizon)

Horizon: ‘So far, so good’: The view from inside a coronavirus vaccine trial. “Dr Lidia Oostvogels is feeling the pressure. After nearly two decades of working in vaccine development, seeing the subject of her work – coronavirus – in the news every single day is a first for her ‘It’s very exciting and very motivational, but there is a lot of pressure,’ she said. Dr Oostvogels is steering the human trials of a coronavirus vaccine for German biopharmaceutical firm CureVac, where she is head of their infectious diseases programme and leads its development of vaccines and therapies.”

New York Times: Call Me the Joan of Arc of Coronavirus Vaccine Trials

New York Times: Call Me the Joan of Arc of Coronavirus Vaccine Trials. “I am Patient 1133. I’ve never been in a medical trial before and I never wanted to be. As someone who suffers from pretty significant anxiety about my health, I am, in theory, the last person who should ever do any medical trial at all, and, on the way, up to the hospital, this thought occurred to me numerous times. But on Tuesday, Sept. 8, I did it anyway. I drove up to Yale New Haven Hospital to get my first of two doses of the experimental Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.”

Covering Ebola Didn’t Prepare Me for This: I Volunteered for the Covid-19 Vaccine Trial (New York Times)

New York Times: Covering Ebola Didn’t Prepare Me for This: I Volunteered for the Covid-19 Vaccine Trial. “I hadn’t thought of the placebo part of the vaccine trial when I signed up. I am a Type 1 diabetic — a chronic autoimmune disorder I have had since I was 15, with asthma to boot, so I am firmly in the high-risk category. That had been made clear to me by Dr. Fauci himself in early March when I ran into him in the green room for NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’ ‘What happens if I get Covid?’ I had asked him. ‘I’m not saying you’re a dead duck,’ he replied, ‘but I cannot stress enough that you really need to not get it.'”