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Wits clinicians volunteer for COVID-19 vaccine trial

16 July 2020 4:01 PM
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Leading HIV clinician Professor Francois Venter says it is great to have a South African-based study.

Senior clinicians at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) faculty of health sciences have volunteered to participate in South Africa’s first Covid-19 vaccine trial on Tuesday 14 July 2020.

Professor Francois Venter, leading HIV clinician and divisional director of Ezintsha Wits University, says he and other volunteers felt it was important to show solidarity to the researchers in the hope of finding a vaccine for COVID-19.

It is a collective and effort and vaccine research is very sophisticated and very safe but people that are putting themselves out there are taking risks and we need to show them that solidarity

Professor Francois Venter, Leading HIV clinician and divisional director of Ezintsha Wits University

The professor says there are a lot of vaccines, that still need to be tested and that is why they are still accepting volunteers whom are interested.

It's great to have a South African-based study.

Professor Francois Venter, Leading HIV clinician and divisional Director of Ezintsha Wits University

RELATED: COVID-19 vaccine could be available in Africa in the first quarter of 2021

Wits Professor of Vaccinology, Shabir Madhi, who leads the South African Covid-19 vaccine trial, has said the legacy of vaccines showed that they do not necessarily work similarly across different populations and needed to generate data applicable to the local context.

Its really important to find a proper safety signal in these vaccine in the population it will be used

Professor Francois Venter, Leading HIV clinician and divisional Director of Ezintsha Wits University

RELATED: SA is likely to have clarity on COVID-19 vaccine by end of November - Prof Madhi

Prof Venter says the big question once the vaccine is found is will there be enough for everyone.


16 July 2020 4:01 PM
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