Developing A COVID-19 Vaccine: Our Region Can Make It Happen

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We should be proud of our region’s role in the fight against COVID-19. From patient care to supply chain support, from testing kits to the development and manufacturing of treatments, we have played a major part in combating the pandemic – not just here – but around the world.

In the heart of the Midwest, we have patient care and ground-breaking research that rivals hospitals around the world. Our health systems have provided unmatched care to patients critically ill with COVID-19. Workers at these systems have displayed courage, empathy and dedication throughout the pandemic. 

Community giants such as Proctor & Gamble and Kroger have maintained supply chains to the world. Their workers, many local, have worked around the clock, ensuring communities across the nation had the necessary supplies to quarantine at home or continue doing their jobs safely.

Innovative laboratory support and testing for both patient care and Coronavirus research around the country has been provided by local companies. A West Chester Township manufacturing plant is being retrofitted to manufacture one of the experimental vaccines. CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting (CTI) is currently conducting research of more than a dozen COVID-19 trials globally and have been able to include many local hospitals in our studies.

The ultimate goal is to develop one or more vaccines to prevent the development of COVID-19. This region has a rich history in being at the forefront of vaccine development, dating back to the original research of Dr. Albert Sabin on the Polio vaccine in Cincinnati. We have been a leader in vaccine development before, and with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is time to demonstrate to the world how our region can do so again.

To do this, we need your help.

Our team has been tasked with identifying 10,000 volunteers to be in these studies. We will partner with all regional health care organizations to make this happen. 

CTI is looking for healthy adult volunteers, elderly subjects and immunocompromised subjects. The CTI team also anticipates enrolling subjects that have been previously infected with COVID-19. If you’d like to volunteer, please call 513.721.3868, text 513.854.3370 or visit CTIFACTS.COM/SIGNUP.

This is our time to demonstrate to everyone what we have known for a long time – that this is a great place to work and live, and that we’re capable of changing the world.

It is our time. Let’s make it happen.

Article submitted on behalf of CTI Clinical Trials & Consulting.