STAFF from the Western Well being and Social Belief (Western Belief) joined volunteers from throughout Northern Eire (NI) to participate in a milestone research into the brand new Novavax Covid-19 vaccine.
Three members of the Western Belief Analysis Workforce – analysis nurses Daybreak Small, Caitriona Lavery and Donal Concannon – all performed an essential function inside the challenge.
The research was a big UK-wide analysis initiative which aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the Novavax vaccine in opposition to Covid-19, involving greater than 15,000 members.
After profitable trials, the interim research outcomes reported on January 28 confirmed that the vaccine had an efficacy fee of 89.3 % in opposition to the acquisition of Covid-19 and the event of extreme Covid-19 infections.
Primarily based within the Scientific Analysis Facility at Belfast Metropolis Hospital, the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine trials recruited 500 members from proper throughout NI.
The research included analysis employees from quite a few organisations, together with the NI Scientific Analysis Community, the NI Scientific Analysis Facility, the NI Scientific Trials Unit, normal practitioners, and Queen’s College and Ulster College.
All of them labored collectively as a big cohesive crew underneath the stewardship of Professor Danny McAuley, Queen’s College, who was the NI Principal Investigator within the trial.
Dr. Maurice O’Kane, Director of the NI Scientific Analysis Community, and Scientific Analysis Community Covid-19 vaccine analysis lead, who contributed to establishing the Novavax research in NI, stated: “This is a vital outcome and Novavax can be one other important instrument in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The outcomes are at present being assessed by regulators, and it’s anticipated that this vaccine can be licensed for normal use within the UK in the end.”
Dr. O’Kane continued: “In addition to delivering the Novavax research, the Scientific Analysis Community crew within the Western Belief, working with respiratory and important care colleagues, has been very energetic in delivering quite a few Covid-19 analysis research which have been wanting on the effectiveness of assorted medication in treating Covid sufferers.
“Any such analysis is extraordinarily essential – it leads on to enhancements in affected person care, and saves lives.”
Talking about each her personal and her colleagues’ roles inside the research, Analysis Nurse Daybreak Small stated: “Our function as Scientific Analysis Nurses was to debate with the members all points of the research, reply their queries and to make sure they have been absolutely supported and knowledgeable throughout their visits.
“This was undertaken by two totally different groups of nurses working collectively.
“One crew centered on finishing up research assessments similar to blood samples and checks, observing very important indicators and observing the members, post-vaccination.
“The second crew was liable for the ‘randomisation’ of topics, and for getting ready and administering the Novavax vaccination.
“I can converse on behalf of my colleagues once I say that we have been so glad to have the ability to take part within the research, as it’s such a rewarding time to be concerned in analysis.”