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COVID-19 vaccine study leader and participants featured in BBC video

Mia McLendon with family

Mia McLendon with family

Cynthia Brown, MD, who leads the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine study at the IU School of Medicine, is being featured in a new short-form documentary by BBC News. The video also includes study participants Joe Morris and Mia McLendon.

The video, which can be viewed below, aired on BBC Arabic and may also be translated into different languages for coverage.

This is the text in the YouTube description: Britain imposes the highest level of restrictions on most parts of England with the onset of New Year's Day, at a time when the British government gave the green light to the emerging coronavirus vaccine, which was developed by AstraZeneca in cooperation with the University of Oxford.

According to the latest figures, the vaccine provides 70% protection from the virus, but researchers say that the number may reach 90% by adjusting the dose. The vaccine will start on January 4, 2021. On the other hand, the number of infections is increasing with the new strain of Coronavirus around the world.

The Extra TV program sheds light on unique human stories from our lives that we live and tell to Arab youth, every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays on BBC Arabic at 5:30 pm GMT. To watch previous episodes of the program, please visit this following link ->

Here are the translations for the text onscreen during the documentary (with the timestamp):

1:22 - Joe is a volunteer in the AstraZeneca vaccine trial

1:38 - Indiana University is conducting a phase 3 trial for the AstraZeneca vaccine on 1500 volunteers 

1:43 - The United Kingdom has approved the use of the vaccine and ordered 100 million doses to vaccinate 50 million people 

1:48 - This vaccine can be refrigerated unlike the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine

1:53 - Dr. Cynthia Brown is the lead investigator heading the medical team behind the vaccine clinical trial

3:37 - Mia is a volunteer in the AstraZeneca vaccine trial

4:39 - African Americans have been subjected to many unethical medical experiments in the past

4:46 - For example, in 1932, doctors in the "Tuskegee" experiment misled African Americans 

4:53 - Hundreds of African Americans were used to observe the natural course of syphilis

7:17 - The AstraZeneca vaccine trial will follow up with the volunteers for two years to understand the long-term side effects

7:24 - So, which vaccine will you choose to protect yourself against the coronavirus?

So far, regulatory authorities have approved the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use in the United Kingdom, Mexico and India. 

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Anna Carrera

Research Communications Manager

Anna Carrera is the research communications manager for Indiana University's Precision Health Initiative, IU School of Medicine and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. She joined the team in June 2019 after working as a TV news rep...