VA, Defense Department recruiting for COVID-19 vaccine trials

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No service members will be needed to take part in the trials, however volunteers will be paid by the drugmaker for their respective trial..

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Of the 20 medical centers, 17 are part of Johnson & & Johnsons trial, and the others are for Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer..

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Friday, November 6th, 2020

The military supplies a “abundant opportunity” to discover volunteers from Black communities and other minorities that clinicians have actually traditionally struggled to recruit, Rear Adm. Thomas Cullison, a physician and former deputy cosmetic surgeon general for the Navy, told Kaiser Health News..

The Department of Veterans Affairs is recruiting about 8,000 individuals to sign up with phase 3 scientific trials of COVID-19 vaccines at 20 federal medical centers, Kaiser Health News reported..

The VAs recruiting follows a statement from the U.S. Defense Department in September that it has partnered with AstraZeneca to hire volunteers at five of its medical facilities. The Defense Department has also signed an agreement with another vaccine designer, though it will not release the companys name, Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, head of the Defense Health Agency, informed Kaiser Health News..