Treatment and vaccine research and development during the COVID-19 pandemic

Author: Jennifer McCormick, Ph.D.

Article Topics: research, treatment, ethics The COVID-19 pandemic has set the stage for research and development of new treatments and vaccines targeting the SARs-COV2 virus. Amidst these discussions, the public may be hearing terms such as “randomized control trials” and “placebo control trials” and may not be certain what the terms mean or why they are important. This post will outline these terms and will discuss some of the ethical implications of placebo control trials in the context of vaccine development. What do these different trials mean in practice? A randomized control trial, also sometimes called a placebo control trial…