Oregon Health & Science University needs volunteers for research on a potential COVID-19 vaccine.

The Portland hospital is part of testing for a vaccine candidate developed by Oxford University and the British drug company AstraZeneca.

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Researchers are looking for as many as 30,000 volunteers across the country.

Oregon Health and Science University.

OHSU will take part in the study of a new experimental COVID-19 vaccine. Researchers are looking for up to 30,000 volunteers across the country.

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Volunteers must be 18 or older, in stable health and live within a 90-minute drive of OHSU’s Southwest Portland campus. People who have contracted COVID-19 are not eligible to participate, nor are people who are pregnant. Priority will be given to people older than 55 and people of color.

The trial will consist of two injections given about four weeks apart. Participants will be monitored for up to two years.

For more information, call 888-VAC-STDY or visit www.c19vacstudy.com.

OHSU researchers had hoped to conduct a much larger study earlier this year on how COVID-19 spreads, but they ended up canceling that effort amid complaints the methodology did not ensure enough volunteers from communities of color and other historically marginalized groups would be included. Black and Latino populations have been among the hardest hit by COVID-19 in the Pacific Northwest and across the United States.

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