Vaccine trials volunteers cross 5,000 in Bahrain

The trials were launched in Bahrain in co-operation with the UAE through G24 Healthcare

  
Doctors and nurses are seen doing their final check on the equipment in a makeshift ICU "Field Intensive Care Unit 1" set up by Bahrian authorities to treat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) critical patients, at a car-park of Bahrain Defence Force Hospital in Riffa, Bahrain, April 14, 2020.

Doctors and nurses are seen doing their final check on the equipment in a makeshift ICU "Field Intensive Care Unit 1" set up by Bahrian authorities to treat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) critical patients, at a car-park of Bahrain Defence Force Hospital in Riffa, Bahrain, April 14, 2020.

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MANAMA: An astonishing 5,000 people have stepped forward to volunteer to take part in the phase III Covid-19 vaccine clinical trials in Bahrain.

Bahrainis and expats, inspired by members of the Royal Family, have flocked to show their support to the campaign launched under the theme ‘Volunteering for Humanity’.

Around 2,000 volunteers have signed up in the past few days, added to the 3,000 already taking part, and now only 1,000 people are needed to reach the local target figure.

The trials were launched in Bahrain in co-operation with the UAE through G24 Healthcare using a potential vaccine developed by Sinopharm CNBG, the world’s sixth largest producer of vaccines.

Over the weekend a video was released by the Health Ministry highlighting the ongoing initiative and showed how people from all walks of life were volunteering.

DUTY

The video featured senior government officials, MPs, community policemen and health care workers, who urged the public to take part in the trial as a national duty.

Only days earlier, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, volunteered too, as reported in the GDN.

People aged 18 and above who have not been infected with the coronavirus can take part in the trial of the ‘inactivated vaccine’ which is expected to create immunity by producing antibodies.

Volunteers are asked to go to the clinical facility at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Some will be given the potential vaccine and others a placebo as part of the study as the search for a safe and life-saving solution gathers pace around the globe.

Health officials urge people not to miss out from playing their part … ‘volunteer for humanity today’ … your country needs you and so does the world.

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