Medical research is playing a key role in bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control. The UK is delivering pioneering research studies into COVID-19, including to develop treatments and vaccines. We need as many people as possible, from every part of the UK’s population to consider taking part in these studies and help the NHS find the solution.
Covid-19 has highlighted once again the health inequalities prevalent in our communities. It is critical that the vaccination programs make greater effort to reach all parts of the UK, including those ‘underserved communities’ (those that seldom engage). This is because emerging trends suggest many underserved communities, including Black Asian and Ethnic Minorities communities, older people, those with co-morbidities and those from socioeconomically deprived communities, are at greater risk from COVID-19. These communities will potentially benefit from being prioritised for protective vaccination trials and because we want to ensure the results of any research are generalisable to a broad population.
Evidence shows however that many groups are consistently left behind when it comes to research, both because of cultural and social barriers and because of inequities in the health system.
To illustrate how people from different communities have been affected by the pandemic and to underline the importance of COVID-19 and vaccine research, we have created 13 short monologues to give the often unheard – a voice.