Despite effort, enrollment of minorities for coronavirus vaccine trial is lagging
August 24, 2020
(CNN) -Moderna, the first company to launch large-scale clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine, has enrolled minorities at levels more than three times lower than those requested by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
The trials could be delayed if Moderna doesn't recruit sufficient numbers of minorities to join them.
Moderna is aiming to recruit 30,000 volunteers into its Phase 3 trial, and in a tweet Friday evening revealed that 18% of the 13,194 volunteers enlisted so far have been minorities, which the company said included "Black or African American, Latinx, American Indian and Alaskan Native."