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UC, UC Health to launch Phase 3 clinical trial for COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccine uses a genetic code to produce proteins that may generate protective antibodies

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati and UC Health will host a Phase 3 clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a vaccine for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

UC is one of approximately 90 sites across the United States selected for the study, which will administer the vaccine candidate mRNA-1273 to volunteer participants and monitor its efficacy in eliciting an immune response that provides protection from COVID-19. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, is funding the study.

A doctor in a lab coat looks at a medical file in a folder while standing in a lab

Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, of the UC College of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases, medical director of the COVID-19 vaccine trial. Photo/Colleen Kelley/UC Creative + Brand

“UC was chosen because we have a proven track record of high-quality research and are the number one site in the NIAID-funded, AIDS Clinical Trials Group in the U.S. We are proud to bring leading-edge research to Cincinnati so that we can help our community battle the COVID-19 pandemic and be part of the solution,” said Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UC College of Medicine and a UC Health physician.

Fichtenbaum is co-investigator of the study and will serve as medical director.

Read the full story here.

Featured photo of COVID-19 vials by Colleen Kelley/UC Creative + Brand

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