Bahrain: COVID-19 vaccine trial volunteer shares his experience

SourceGulf Insider

The notion of testing Covid-19 vaccines by deliberately infecting volunteers with the novel coronavirus, something that’s now on the table, isn’t necessarily crazy or unethical. It’s smart and has benefits that far outweigh the risks.Whenever Jassim Amer went to the vast International Exhibition and Convention Center in Manama, it was mainly for shopping or for admiring the impressive items displayed during Jewelry Arabia and other high-profile shows.However, this time, as he entered the high-ceilinged edifice, he felt he was on a patriotic duty in the service of his country and its people in particular and humanity in general.Jassim is among the thousands of people who volunteered in the campaign to test the efficacy and safety of a vaccine produced by Chinese drug giant Sinopharm on healthy men and women from a large cross-section of the population.“I did not have the slightest hesitation to sign up as a volunteer in the clinical more...