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Oxford University covid vaccine trial uses Nye to contact participants

The Telegraph have written about Nye's work with Oxford University on their covid vaccine trial. You can read the full article here.

Oxford University is using software made by a British start-up to help researchers working on its coronavirus vaccine trial to stay in touch with participants using video calls.

The trial, which involves more than 1,000 people, is using video call software made by Oxford start-up Nye Health to replace face-to-face meetings.

Nye chief executive Alexander Finlayson, a practicing GP, said: “Some experts may have to work from home in the coming weeks and keeping in close, secure contact with participants will be vital.”

Vaccine trials typically rely on face-to-face meetings to monitor people as the project progresses, but these meetings have become difficult to conduct during lockdown.

“If you've got self-isolating trial researchers, then they can use it as well,” Mr Finlayson said.

Human trials of Oxford University’s coronavirus vaccine started last month. Researchers hope to produce one million doses by September if testing goes well.

The university has struck a deal with AstraZeneca to produce the vaccines following the tests.

University researchers are now considering testing the vaccine on healthcare workers in hospitals following concerns that coronavirus is not prevalent enough in the general population, an Oxford University professor said earlier this week.

Nye has developed audio and video calling software which can make calls through web browsers, helping clinicians and participants keep in touch regardless of the type of device used.

The start-up has seen a 2,000pc increase in usage of its technology amongst GP practices, hospitals and hospices since the pandemic began, Mr Finlayson said."

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