Volume XX | Issue 2 | Fall 2020
A volunteer receives a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine inoculation from Audrey Kuehl, a study coordinator at the Clinical Research Institute of Southern Oregon. Photo: Kaiser Health News

Vaccine trial comes to rural Oregon

Test to determine the efficacy, safety of a vaccine

Inside the offices of the Clinical Research Institute of Southern Oregon, Dr. Edward Kerwin and his staff are part of the race to save the world. Kerwin was tapped in the spring to lead one of the nearly 90 U.S. clinical trial sites taking part in the large-scale, Phase 3 test of a vaccine produced by biotech startup Moderna to fight the virus that causes COVID-19. The clinic, located in Medford, attracted test subjects from throughout southern Oregon and beyond to determine the efficacy and safety of the Moderna vaccine. The clinic is the only COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial site in Oregon. The trial will track 700 participants for two years.  

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