The website will handle registration for the four large vaccine studies that are expected to start this summer and fall, and any others that follow.
The US Department of Health and Human Services announced the website Wednesday, along with the appointment of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle as the coordinating center for vaccine clinical trials run by the Covid-19 Prevention Network, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health.
“That’s the target, but those target dates move up and down. They won’t let a site start until they’re absolutely ready. Some could start on July 27, and others on August 8,” del Rio said.
Despite the delay, the Covid-19 vaccine trials are moving at an unprecedented speed, as researchers try to accomplish in months what usually takes years.
Del Rio said he enrolls six or seven study subjects a week in a typical clinical trial, but for the Covid vaccine trial he’ll try to enroll that number in a day. Eventually, he aims to have a total of 750 study subjects at three Atlanta-area sites.