Coronavirus: Calls for BAME candidates to sign up for vaccine trials as they’re more at risk of COVIDAshley Tavirima
People from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are being urged to sign up for coronavirus vaccine trials as they have been among the worst hit by the virus.
So far, 270,000 people have put their names on the NHS Vaccine Registry, which means scientists could contact them to take part in a trial.
But only 11,000 volunteers – 4% – are from Asian communities and just 1,200 – less than 0.5% – are from black, African and Caribbean backgrounds.
Officials are now calling on people from BAME communities to sign up to the vaccine registry, because an effective coronavirus vaccine needs to be trialled on all parts of the population – especially those that are more vulnerable.