More COVID-19 Vaccine Research is Needed Before Full FDA Approval

Machelle Stephens

Centex Studies – McAllen & Brownsville still needs volunteers to help find the best and most effective vaccine. 

January 14, 2021 RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TX – There seems to be a lot of confusion around COVID-19 vaccines and a huge rush to get vaccinated right now, but Centex Studies is reminding everyone that the fight isn’t over yet, and there is still research to be done! It cannot be emphasized enough that an Emergency Use Approval is NOT the same as full FDA approval.  

“We understand people are scared and want to be protected as soon as possible,” said Dr. Joel Solis, Principal Investigator for Centex Studies – McAllen. “But we’re still not sure if the vaccines that have the EUA status are the best or most effective at preventing the Coronavirus.” 

Emergency Use Approval is only allowed to be used during a state of emergency. In a state of emergency, like a pandemic, all data typically needed to approve a new intervention may not be available. In that case, the FDA can decide with the available data if the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks. However, when we are no longer in a state of emergency, an EUA status can no longer be used.  

“What a lot of people don’t understand is that there are a limited number of vaccines available right now, and front-line workers and our most vulnerable populations are the first priority,” said Dr. Solis. “Everyone else may have to wait months before it’s their turn.”  

Volunteering for research could provide access to a COVID-19 vaccine candidate now. Volunteers that qualify and choose to participate are also compensated for their time. There is a chance that volunteers could receive placebo; however, Centex fully expects their pharmaceutical sponsors to unblind subjects once the studies are over. It’s a very real possibility that if volunteers received placebo, they would receive the real vaccines at that time before the general population. 

Those who wish to get involved in COVID-19 research can call 281-918-0048 to speak with a Centex team member or submit their information via the Centex website at www.centexstudies.com 

About Centex Studies 

Centex Studies is a clinical research site network with 5 locations across Texas and Louisiana. They have been in business for 15 years and recently joined the global network Headlands Research. Paid clinical trials evaluating potential new options for several conditions are enrolling now. 

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