Health and Wellbeing
Ethnic minority communities and the elderly asked to volunteer for vaccine studies
Posted on: 20 October 2020
Researchers are looking for people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, and people aged over 65 to volunteer for clinical studies.
270,000 people have signed up so far to participate in the vaccine studies, but thousands more are needed.
Ethnic minorities are under-represented in the vaccine clinical trials currently taking place across the UK. Of the 270,000 people signed up, only 11,000 are from Asian and British Asian backgrounds, and just 1,200 are Black, African, Caribbean or Black British.
More people with chronic diseases or over the age of 65 also need to be represented in the clinical trials.
Studies with a diverse pool of volunteers help researchers better understand the effectiveness of potential vaccines.