Around 100,000 people have signed up to take part in future coronavirus vaccine trials in the UK – and the Government is urging more members of the public to register.
Created in July, the NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Research Registry allows people to express their interest in taking part in clinical trials and to be contacted by researchers helping develop an inoculation.
Initial registration figures have reached six figures, but the Government has called on more people to sign up by October to enable large-scale studies to be conducted.
Kate Bingham, chairwoman of the UK’s Vaccine Taskforce, told the PA news agency: “We’ve had a phenomenal uptake and it reflects the fact that everyone in the UK does want to do their bit.
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“The purpose of the registry is to try and get as many people as possible to sign up so that as we recruit and start up these big efficacy studies, we’ve got people we can go to immediately.
“These trials are safe, please sign up. The quicker we get the clinical trials enrolled, vaccinated and get the results, the quicker we can get a vaccine.”
Elsewhere, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing calls to intervene on the deepening A-Level results crisis which saw many pupils’ final marks get downgraded and a YouGov poll has suggested that 30% of British workers do not expect to be back in the office until next year.
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