Phase 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial is Now in Hawai’i at the East-West Medical Research Institute

Phase 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial is Now in Hawai’i at the East-West Medical Research Institute

“Project Lightspeed” has arrived in Hawai’i where the East-West Medical Research Institute was selected by Pfizer (and partner BioNTech) to conduct the Phase 3 clinical trial testing the COVID-19 vaccine called BNT162b2. This messenger RNA-based vaccine works to teach the immune system to produce the antibodies that fight SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen behind the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus far, reports are that about 12,000 of the 30,000 total volunteers required have signed up.

About East-West Medical Research Institute

The East-West Medical Research Institute (EWMRI) is located in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Since 1995, they have conducted more than 300 clinical research studies on potential new treatments for diseases and conditions that affect the people of Hawai’i, including: diabetes, fatty liver, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, chronic kidney disease, heart disease, arthritis, and asthma. EWMRI has also conducted a number of important vaccine trials involving pneumonia vaccine, c. difficile vaccine, RSV vaccine, and COVID-19 vaccine. 

Their Principal Investigator is David Fitz-Patrick, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., who is Board Certified in both internal medicine and diabetes/endocrinology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Endocrinology. In addition to maintaining a busy medical practice, Dr. Fitz-Patrick has been active in medical research for much of the past 40 years. His research results have been published in prestigious medical journals around the world, and he has received research awards from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, McGill University, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International, the American College of Physicians, Straub Clinic & Hospital and the Straub Medical Research and Education Foundation. He has been listed in The Best Doctors in America and Who’s Who in the World.

East-West Medical Research Institute manager, Ronald Ruhaak, wants it to be clear: “This is all done without the virus being introduced into your system. It’s not like other vaccines which pieces of the virus or inactivated parts of the virus are introduced, there’s no chance of actually getting COVID-19 from receiving this vaccine.”

Call to Action: If you’re in the Honolulu area and interested in participating, visit to learn more about local enrollment criteria.