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Clinical Trials for Coronavirus, NIH Editor's Pick

Find the latest update on clinical trials for vaccines and drugs that might be able to treat COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus. This official site is from NIH (National Institutes of Health) National Library of Medicine. As of May 27, 2020, an amazing number of 1748 studies were listed, nearly four times the number (469) of six weeks ago. While more than 600 studies were not yet recruiting participants, more than 900 were recruiting or enrolling subjects by invitation. Given the pandemic was only declared March 11, this speed is quite impressive. Short summaries available for each study may give an idea of how long the study will continue. See what is still being studied for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine; over 100 studies are still recruiting or enrolling subjects by invitation. A recent search for COVID vaccine showed 102 studies, up from 30 six weeks ago.

FDA Updates on Coronavirus Disease COVID-19

The FDA, the federal Food and Drug Agency, provides updates on COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus. The FDA regulates lab testing, drugs requiring approval, medical devices (like N95s) and vaccine products. They post regular updates, sometimes multiple times per day. In addition, the FDA has listed a few of the likely many fraudulent products with claims to prevent, treat, mitigate, diagnose or cure coronavirus disease.

When Will We Get a Vaccine for the Coronavirus Pandemic?

When will a vaccine be ready for coronavirus?  Mike Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy (CIDRAP) provides some straight talk on having reasonable expectations. He advises we should all be ready for the possibility of another wave of COVID-19 infections in the fall. Article from Stat news, May 6, 2020.

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