National Clinical Trials Day

Everyone knows how scary and restrictive life has been over the past year because of the raging COVID-19 pandemic. However, we are finding our way to freedom because vaccines are doling out even though rollouts in various places in the world have been botchy. Regardless, it will work out in the end, and if it weren’t for these hard workers conducting clinical trials, we would be in this for years to come. There is a day to celebrate that, and that is on National Clinical Trials Day.

May 20th is the day to take your time to thank those who work hard by conducting and participating in clinical trials as it is National Clinical Trials Day. The day is not only relevant for those who ran and participated in the COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. If you are taking any right now, the medication you are on for your ailment is in existence because it passed those clinical trials. That is right. The drugs you have taken were tried and tested.

Remember that those who conduct clinical trials are dedicated hard workers who work around the clock to ensure that the medicine or vaccines they study are suitable for use. The participants need the accolades, too, for being brave to be guinea pigs in those trials. They are doing it to help humanity, in the long run, to find that the drugs or vaccines are safe in the long run. As you know, you cannot have a medication or vaccine on the market if there was no testing involved beforehand – and that it passes the test. The only way you know the drug or vaccine is safe is that they passed the clinical trials. If they did not, then they would not be in use.

The History Of National Clinical Trials Day

On May 20th, 1747, the surgeon, James Lind, who was on the HMS Salisbury of Britain’s Royal Navy, established naval hygiene. On that day, he was the one who conducted the very first clinical trial as he wanted to find the cure for scurvy. He recruited 12 men to go through acid tests to see if they responded to the scurvy treatments he wanted to provide. After the test, he discovered that the high acid test he put these men through worked and found the cure for scurvy based on his very first clinical trial. That is why National Clinical Trials Day is celebrated on May 20th of each year.

How To Acknowledge National Clinical Trials Day

The perfect thing to do during this time as COVID-19 vaccines are being doled is to thank those who conducted and participated in those clinical trials. If you just received your vaccine, take a vaxxie and share it on social media acknowledging you would not receive your protection if it was not for the clinical trials. Be sure to add #NationalClinicalTrialsDay into your post on social media.

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