Similarly, Leela Macor, an AFP journalist, also joined the clinical trials. She has shared her experiences after joining Moderna’s trials. The special thing is that Leela, who is struggling with asthma, has overcome the grief of losing her father through this work.
Decided to become a volunteer in search of inner peace
Leela says that on the one hand our family was going through a bad phase, on the other hand I was facing a dangerous reality. Miami was becoming a hotspot in America, and my job was to cover this story. She says that life has changed completely. Lost my father, I also have asthma and if I get infected with corona, the results can be very terrible. The idea of helping in this dangerous medical crisis gave me some peace inside. I talked to my friends and family. These people helped me in deciding that the side effects of trials would not be worse than Kovid 19.
Leela says that she reached the Miami-based Research Center of America two days after covering the story of the Phase 3 trial in Florida. Trials of Pfizer and Moderna are going on here. I fixed Tuesday’s appointment in mid-August and Moderna was to be tried on this day.
He told that the lab staff put a name tag on me and I was brought to an office. Here I was explained what would happen. Along with this, he also gave me a document of 22 pages. Leela says that there were two doses in this trial and two volunteers were given $ 2,400 for a two-year study. Researchers explained its possible side effects.
30 thousand volunteers divided into two parts
Leela said that 30 thousand people were divided into two groups. One group had people who were to be vaccinated and the other group were to be given placebo. He said, ‘The nurse told that even we did not know who was in which group.’
Leela said that I asked to do an antibody test, but the nurse said that its results are not quite accurate. The nurse said while taking my blood pressure, ‘Placebo is also necessary like vaccine. There is a need for a control group in the trial and you are helping humanity in any way.
The nurse took 6-8 violations of blood, performed pregnancy tests and insisted on the use of contraceptives during the trial. Experts said that there is no complete information about the side effects on FETUS. After this, two people brought the vaccine or maybe it was a placebo.
Here we are all heroes
Leela said that I did not feel pain from that injection and they kept me under observation for half an hour. He told that a nurse had tied a cloth behind him like Superman’s dress. When I asked the reason for this, he said, ‘Here we are all superheroes’. The lab asked me to download an app to track temperature and other symptoms.
When I returned home, there was a slight pain in my hand. The second dose of vaccine was found in September. However, this time the pain was more. He told that where there was an injection, there was a red lump. The special thing is that they do not yet know whether she was a vaccine or a placebo.
Leela says that I realized that participating in the trial was a process to deal with my sufferings. It was a very small contribution, but the only way I knew it was to assure me that we are fighting.