20th August 2020   •   article
The NHS needs more British Asians to join vaccine trials for Coronavirus - here's why


by Barfi Culture Team | @barfi_culture.
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Only around 3% of volunteers for NHS trials for a Coronavirus vaccine so far have been of British Asian heritage, doctors say.

The low numbers are a problem because desis have been disproportionately more affected by the Coronavirus than white Britons.

Dr Dinesh Saralaya, who runs a National Institute for Health Research patient recruitment centre in Bradford, told the Guardian he was 'very worried' by the numbers.

He said: "It’s very important that we dispel the myths in the Asian community that vaccines are going to be harmful."

"It’s perfectly safe. They are very, very closely monitored and there are very strict protocols. The standard of care is in fact better than what you would receive outside of a trial [and] the side effects are very, very minimal."

He added: "We need to be encouraging these large Asian populations to sign up. We need a vaccine for these populations because the vulnerable populations sits within these ethnic minorities."

Over 100,000 volunteers have signed up for the vaccine trials since 20th July - 94% of them were white Britons.

You can sign up to be contacted for coronavirus vaccine studies from this link.

The NHS is also clear you can also withdraw from the trial at any time.
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