If you're an adult living in the United States, you can now go online to volunteer to be included in clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccine candidates, and potentially receive an experimental vaccine or antibody prevention therapy not yet available to the general public.
The process at CoronaVirusPreventionNetwork.org begins with filling out a questionnaire for screening. Applying does not guarantee you will be accepted in a trial.
During his testimony Friday to the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, r. Anthony Fauci, made a pitch for registering "so you can be part of the solution of this terrible scourge."
The COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN) was formed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), of which Dr. Fauci is director. Its mission is to "conduct Phase 3 efficacy trials for COVID-19 vaccines and monoclonal antibodies," according to the network's website.
As of Thursday night, a quarter million people had already registered, Fauci said. Ultimately the registry expects to gather a million and a half volunteers, according to the consent form.
It is currently recruiting volunteers for the Phase 3 trial of Moderna's mRNA-1273 vaccine candidate. That trial is intended to encompass 30,000 people, Fauci said. Future trials could also draw on the list.
Fauci is "cautiously optimistic" that a covid vaccine candidate may be prove safe and effective by "late fall or early winter," after which it could become available to the general public.
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More than 4.5 million tests in the United States have been positive for COVID-19 infection, more than any other nation. There are treatments, but as of yet no proven cure or preventive.