Montefiore & Einstein Open COVID-19 Vaccine Unit to Ensure Underrepresented Included in COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

Montefiore & Einstein Open COVID-19 Vaccine Unit to Ensure Underrepresented Included in COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

Preeminent New York City healthcare institutions, ones with global brand recognition and influence, introduce a new COVID-19 vaccine unit, established to support the enrollment of participants in clinical trials to test efficacy of the vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19. The effort is timely: Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine opened the new COVID-19 vaccine unit as the next wave of this pandemic grows, with almost 200,000 reported cases daily in the United States. Led by Dr. Barry Zingman, MD, professor of medicine at Einstein and clinical director, infectious diseases, at the Moses division of Montefiore Health System, this mission-critical unit will serve this most dynamic, diverse, and densely populated part of the United States in a bid to ensure over half of all trial participants are adults most affected by COVID-19. That is, the unit will work to diversify COVID-19 vaccine trial participation, ensuring that important underrepresented groups participate in the research, from the elderly to communities of color. These groups have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. This new vaccine unit builds on established leadership of ...

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