COVID Vaccine Trial & Remdesivir Treatment Trial Underway In Charlotte


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – An up-close look at what it’s like to be in a COVID vaccine trial. There’s one underway in Charlotte right now. A Moderna COVID vaccine trial is underway at Tryon Medical Partners’ SouthPark office, where 40-year-old Tom Collins is one of only a few hundred participants.

Collins has received two injections of either vaccine or placebo; neither he nor his health care providers know. He says he is excited to help and strongly believes in science. He says, “Honestly when I heard they were looking for volunteers, I thought this is a chance that I could actually do something productive against the pandemic.”

A Remdesivir trial for people who are already COVID positive is underway at the Rosedale Health and Wellness Center in Huntersville. Both the Moderna vaccine trial and Gilead’s Remdesivir trial do pay patients to participate. The exact amount is not public info.

Our question of the night: would you participate in a COVID clinical trial?

This episode’s panel features:
WCCB TV’s Morgan Fogarty
WCCB News @ Ten anchor Drew Bollea
WCCB Sports anchor Zach Aldridge