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Australians taking part in coronavirus vaccine trial to get $2350 – but there’s a catch – 7NEWS.com.au

Researchers hope the trial will lead to the development of a COVID-19 vaccine within 18 months.

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Australians taking part in a coronavirus vaccine trial will earn up to $2350 to participate – but they will have to follow strict rules.
Clinical research company Linear 1 is conducting phase one of a COVID-19 vaccine trial at the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre in Perth.
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It requires 150 people to participate who are willing to commit to a two-year time frame, but thats not the only stipulation.
Applicants must pass a health screening test, and if they are chosen to take part, theyll need to be living a moderate lifestyle – that means limited alcohol, no drugs and not too much exercise.
If approved, participants must have two vaccine injections 21 days apart and monitor any symptoms for a week after each injection.
One trial participant told the ABCs 7.30 Report that she felt fine after receiving the first dose.
A new COVID vaccine trial is underway in Perth. Credit: 7NEWS
Theres no pain, theres no swelling, I feel fighting fit, Rachelle Kalic, 35, told the program.
The reason I wanted to do it is because I think that developing a vaccine is probably the only way that were going to be able to go back to normal.
The vaccine is designed to mimic the protein shape and spikes found on COVID-19.
Some patients will receive a placebo, but will not be told if they have received a vaccine dose or placebo.
There are now 17 vaccines that have reached the clinical evaluation stage globally.
Researchers say they are feeling confident about the Perth vaccine trial.
If successful, the next phase of the trial will see thousands of people around the world receive the vaccine by the end of 2020.
If that goes well, it could result in a vaccine for COVID-19 being available within 18 months.

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