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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 229-234

Racing for COVID-19 vaccine and cure: Lessons and tragedies in human subject research

1 Department of Cardiology, Al-Khor Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation; College of Medicine, QU Health, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar; College of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA
2 College of Medicine, QU Health, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Amar M Salam
College of Medicine, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar. Al.Khor Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha

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Pressured by the enormous human and economic costs of the COVID-19 pandemic, certain countries and political figures have advocated the use of drugs and vaccines that did not go through the required regulatory stages of the development. Although the reason for bypassing these stages in a race to produce a treatment and vaccine for the COVID-19 patients could have been caused by good intentions to stop the human suffering from the pandemic, nonetheless, history has taught us that the results of this action could be catastrophic. In this article, we briefly review the lessons and tragedies in the evolution of human subject research regulations emphasizing the need for the proper evaluation of drugs and vaccines for COVID-19.

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