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Developing a Vaccine

Most medicines are used to help people who are already sick. But vaccines are intended to keep you from becoming sick. Before a vaccine can be approved, it must be shown to be safe and effective through the clinical trial process. Every modern vaccine and medicine we have today was studied in hundreds to thousands of people before becoming available to the public.

An Important Contribution

Currently, there are no approved vaccines available to prevent COVID-19, and the disease has spread across the world. This COVID-19 vaccine study will enroll up to 30,000 people, and each and every person involved plays a powerful role. Joining a clinical trial is an important and personal decision. We hope it is one you will consider.

Be Represented

While everyone needs to be represented in vaccine clinical trials, it is especially important that this vaccine trial includes people from the communities most significantly impacted by COVID-19. By choosing to volunteer, you will represent people like you—in age, gender, race, ethnicity, and from communities like yours. Involving people from all backgrounds will improve the development of this vaccine for everyone. By volunteering for this study, you can make a difference.

About This COVID-19 Vaccine Study

This study involves comparing an investigational vaccine against a placebo (inactive substance) to see if the investigational vaccine can prevent COVID-19. The vaccine is given by injection.

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What to Expect

In addition to answering any questions you may have, the study doctor will discuss the study risks and potential benefits to help you decide if this is the right study for you.

If you are enrolled in the study, you will be randomly assigned (by chance) to receive the study vaccine or placebo (inactive substance). This assignment will be made by a computer and not by the study team. Neither you nor the study doctor will know if you are receiving a study vaccine or a placebo.

You will receive 2 injections about 3 weeks apart. The study doctor will explain to you when you will have your two injections. After the second injection, you will have additional follow up visits to monitor your health.

Study Visits

  • At each of the 6 planned study visits, the study team will ask about your general health and complete study procedures such as a physical exam.
  • On injection days, the study vaccine or placebo will be given through an injection into the muscle of the upper arm, and nasal swabs will be collected.
  • After the injection, you will be asked to wait at the study site for at least 30 minutes.
  • If you experience symptoms that may be caused by COVID-19, the study team will advise you on how to conduct the testing process.
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