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|September 23, 2020|
Potential COVID-19 vaccine enters Phase 3
LOS ANGELES – (INT) - The Lundquist Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center officially began phase 3 trials of a COVID-19 vaccine trial on September 4th.
The Oxford University AstraZeneca vaccine, identified as AZD1222, has already gone through early trials.
Phase 3 is designed to determine whether the vaccine can prevent symptomatic COVID-19 after two doses.
The study’s goal is to enroll 30,000 volunteers across the United States.
The vaccine does not have a live virus and cannot give a person COVID-19. The trial is blinded, meaning the participants and the investigators will not know who receives the vaccine. Of the volunteers enrolled, two-thirds will get the study vaccine and one-third will get a placebo or harmless injection.
If the results from the trial are positive, the vaccine could be made available to the public.
Story Date: September 21, 2020