Fargo Company Chosen for Clinical Trials for COVID-19 Vaccine
JT Thaden | Aug 6, 2020 AT 2:39 pm
FARGO (KBRF) - A Fargo-based medical research company has been chosen to conduct two clinical trials that could lead to a vaccine for COVID-19.
Lillestol Research is among several facilities across the nation involved in "Operation Warp Speed", the government's plan to provide 300 million doses of vaccine by January.
Director of Operations Jamie Brown says Lillestol plans to recruit patients for the trial in the near future:
"Patients will either get the real vaccine or a placebo which is inactive and we won't know who's getting which type and they will be followed approximately two years. They are really followed closely that first year, so they're going to track whether these patients track the virus during that time."
Brown says the studies will be overseen by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pharmaceutical companies will provide vaccines and placebos.
The trials could begin within the next two-to-three weeks.