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U.S. allows Americans to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine trials

The new federal website allows you to register for trials for the COVID-19 vaccine

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In this May 15, 2019, file photo, a dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is displayed at the Neighborcare Health clinics at Vashon Island High School in Vashon Island, Wash.

Elaine Thompson, Associated Press

On Wednesday, thefederal government released a new official website that allows Americans to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine trials.

What’s happening:

  • The new website — coronaviruspreventionnetwork.org — went live on Wednesday.
  • The website allows people to register to take part in COVID-19 trials.
  • Americans can enter information that will register them for four large vaccine studies.
  • The studies are expected to start in the summer and fall.
  • The website reads: “The purpose of this screening registry is to create a list of potential volunteers who want to take part in current or future COVID-19 prevention clinical trials.”
  • Participants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Interested parties will need to take a short online survey before they can register.
  • Selected parties will visit research sites 10 times over the next one to two years to monitor impact of the trial.

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins said in a statement: “Community engagement, particularly with the communities most vulnerable to COVID-19’s severe outcomes, will be critical to the success of this research endeavor.”