Research & Clinical Trials

COVID Vaccine Gets FDA Authorization; How It Will Work

As the race to develop a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 continues, it may be difficult to understand the terminology used in news reports about the immune system and its response to viruses and vaccines. We’ve summarized some relevant information to help keep you updated on the latest COVID-19 vaccine research.

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A Conversation Guide: COVID-19 Medical Research Terms Defined

During the current pandemic, it may be difficult to keep pace with the rapid developments in tests, treatments and vaccines being studied for potential widespread use as approved technologies and therapies. You might read these news reports and wonder what is a “Phase 3 clinical trial” or an “emergency use authorization,” and why are these stages of approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) important? Read on for explanations of common regulatory terms and phrases to help you understand medical research news.

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