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A question about the vaccine in Bristol

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Hugglespuffed Wed 22-Apr-20 09:24:34

I wonder if they are starting the vaccine here because they haven't been as badly hit. Some doctors and nurses here wonder if we have got away lightly or if we haven't hit our peak yet.

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LittleAndOften Wed 22-Apr-20 09:27:37

There is no vaccine hmm

Hugglespuffed Wed 22-Apr-20 09:28:42

Yes. They are starting the vaccine trials here, tomorrow.

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Hugglespuffed Wed 22-Apr-20 09:29:32

Sorry I assumed it was common knowledge as it has been all over the news and I've seen loads of threads about it!

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AvalancheKit Wed 22-Apr-20 09:36:28

Oxford I thought, not Bristol

Eeyoresstickhouse Wed 22-Apr-20 09:39:13

It is in Oxford, Southampton, Bristol and Parts of N and S London.

Eeyoresstickhouse Wed 22-Apr-20 09:40:21

covid19vaccinetrial.co.uk/volunteer

oralengineer Wed 22-Apr-20 09:44:35

Probably just that the research departments are linked. Location probably irrelevant. My DSis was a research post doc and although based in Plymouth (marine biologist), her research projects were linked to various research institutes.

ErrolTheDragon Wed 22-Apr-20 09:46:03

Presumably Bristol is because it's got a lab/research group with the right expertise and facilities?

^ We conduct commercial and non-commercial clinical trials to evaluate novel drugs and vaccines, from small early-phase safety studies through to larger efficacy trials.^

https://www.bristol.ac.uk/translational-health-sciences/research/bcvc/

AvalancheKit Wed 22-Apr-20 09:47:06

Interesting, and I stand corrected.

MissingLinker Wed 22-Apr-20 09:50:58

I'd have thought because it had the required research facilities as well.

Livedandlearned Wed 22-Apr-20 09:54:55

It is very quiet in Bristol, as in lots of empty hospital beds.

Hugglespuffed Wed 22-Apr-20 13:11:27

Thanks for the replies. I knew it would also be to do with facilities but wondered if here first due to low numbers. But I didn't realise they were trialling in other areas too.

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Livedandlearned Wed 22-Apr-20 13:59:26

In the Bristol Post today there is an article but it just asks for participation really

RainRainGoAway2020 Wed 22-Apr-20 14:09:50

Will they be testing volunteers to see if they have already had it? Otherwise how would they know if the vaccine works?

ErrolTheDragon Wed 22-Apr-20 14:35:22

* Will they be testing volunteers to see if they have already had it? Otherwise how would they know if the vaccine works?*

I'd have thought so, but (I may be wrong) the first rung of testing is mostly a safety check.

IDefinitelyHaveFriends Wed 22-Apr-20 14:39:57

They’ll be doing testing in Central London as well, so no, it’s not just about existing rates of infection, although they might have deliberately chosen to split testing between London and smaller less affected cities.

mindutopia Wed 22-Apr-20 16:05:40

I work in clinical research, but not to do with this trial. It's likely to do with the existing research networks and capacity for clinical trial sites. It's a bit odd there is nothing in the north, but I suspect it probably has something to do with ease of transporting vaccine doses to study sites and who has the capacity to safely carry out the trial (as in there aren't other trials ongoing from the same site that might put people at risk if they were also recruiting for the vaccine trial there). Realistically, we tend to work with people we know and trust and who can get the job done, so that probably has a lot to do with it.

Hugglespuffed Wed 22-Apr-20 16:36:05

Thanks for all of the input smile I'm glad they've managed to start trials so soon. I can't quite believe it is happening tomorrow..
Obviously I know it is a long time away yet. But a step in the right direction.

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