Researchers looking for more minorities to participate in COVID-19 vaccine trials

Posted at 6:18 AM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 07:24:28-04

The COVID-19 Prevention Network is trying to get more people of color to volunteer for vaccine trials.

Ads just started airing on TV to encourage involvement.

They’re looking for more Black and Hispanic people to join these studies. Experts say vaccines can work differently in certain racial and ethnic groups.

According to the CDC, Latinos are nearly three times more likely to become infected with COVID-19 and Black people are more than twice as likely to get the virus.

Doctor Anthony Fauci says diversity is very important in these vaccine trials.

He says more than a quarter of volunteers need to be Black, and more than a third should be Latino.

A website dedicated to all vaccine clinical trials in the U.S. breaks down all the information from what the studies are, what to expect when you volunteer and where the clinical research sites are located throughout the county.

To volunteer, you must be 18 or older. You can fill out a questionnaire on the website and if you qualify, your information will be sent to the site closest to you.

Click here for more information or to volunteer.