Northwestern Gets 'Amazing' Response For Coronavirus Vaccine Trial

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A doctor at Northwestern Medicine says the response they’ve received in calling for volunteers for a COVID-19 vaccine trial is “amazing.”

Last week, we told you about the vaccine trial at Northwestern. They are looking for 5,000 volunteers.

“We have gotten thousands of interested volunteers to sign up for the registry, which is amazing,” Dr. Karen Krueger, instructor of medicine in infectious diseases, said Tuesday.

One of those volunteers is Chicago resident Gary Vien, who is 69 years old.

“Because I’m a senior and because I have high blood pressure, I checked those off because those are a few that are listed on there and those applied to me,” he said.

“So, that’s why I thought they may take me.”

In fact, Northwestern says they are still recruiting to make sure they have enough people in “high risk” categories and to ensure their volunteers represent the community in terms of age and race.