COVID-19 VACCINE APPEAL
THE NHS has launched an appeal for adult volunteers to join its COVID-19 vaccine trials.
In particular, they want British Asians to sign up as, so far, only 3% of those who have volunteered are from an Asian background. More than 112,000 people have come forward in just four weeks, of whom 94% are white.
The UK Government has now bought a total of 340 million doses of six potential vaccines for the new coronavirus. They have done this in the hope that at least one of the vaccines that are currently being tested will work. As this virus is brand-new, and there is no vaccine for any previous coronavirus, there is no guarantee that there will be an effective jab. But the only way to find out is through trials – and that’s where volunteers come in.
England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said: “The more people who volunteer to take part, the more likely we find an answer to whether any vaccine is effective.”