The Ongoing Need for Annual Clinical Trials in Infectious Diseases
August 16, 2023

Infectious diseases such as the flu, COVID-19 and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) pose a significant global health challenge, leading to substantial morbidity and mortality each year. To combat these diseases effectively, it is crucial to conduct annual clinical trials. In this blog post, we will explore the reasons why clinical trials need to be completed every year for infectious diseases and highlight key factors such as the emergence of new virus strains, the importance of increasing immunity, participant diversity and the continuous improvement of scientific technology.

Viruses are notorious for their ability to mutate and generate new strains. In the case of influenza, for example, seasonal variations give rise to different strains, rendering previous vaccines less effective. Conducting annual clinical trials enables researchers to evaluate the effectiveness of existing vaccines against new strains, identify areas for improvement and develop updated vaccines that better match the circulating strains.

Achieving widespread immunity is crucial to prevent the rapid spread of infectious diseases. Annual clinical trials play a vital role in evaluating the efficacy of existing vaccines and developing new ones to enhance immunity. Researchers can improve the effectiveness and duration of protection against specific diseases by testing and refining vaccine formulations. This ensures that individuals, especially high-risk populations, receive the most up-to-date and robust defenses against infectious diseases.

Clinical trials need a diverse participant pool to ensure the effectiveness and safety of treatments across various demographic groups. Each year, as new trials are conducted, researchers can expand the diversity of participants, including different age groups, ethnicities, and individuals with underlying health conditions. This diversity helps uncover potential variations in treatment responses and ensures that the outcomes represent the wider population. By including diverse participants, clinical trials can provide more accurate and inclusive results, leading to the development of tailored treatments for different populations.

Infectious diseases cause significant morbidity and mortality globally every year. Influenza and RSV alone are estimated to result in several hundred thousand deaths annually. The ongoing burden of COVID-19 exacerbates this situation further. Clinical trials are essential to develop effective vaccines and therapeutics that can reduce the impact of these diseases on individuals, families and communities. By continuously evaluating and improving treatment options, clinical trials offer hope in reducing the morbidity and mortality rates associated with infectious diseases.

Scientific advancements and technological innovations are continuously improving our understanding of infectious diseases. Every year, clinical trials enable researchers to incorporate new scientific insights into their investigations. The evolving technology allows for better vaccine development, more precise diagnostic tools and the exploration of novel therapeutic approaches. Moreover, ongoing trials help identify and mitigate potential side effects of treatments, ensuring that the benefits outweigh any risks.

EmVenio’s Chief Medical Officer, Mark McKenzie, MD, states, “Annual clinical trials for infectious diseases are the cornerstone of our ongoing battle against these relentless foes. They provide us with the opportunity to harness the power of science and innovation, ensuring that we stay one step ahead of ever-evolving viruses. By partnering with Sponsors and CROs to conduct these trials, EmVenio not only contributes to the development of better defenses and treatments but also becomes active in the health of our communities.”

Clinical trials are crucial for combatting infectious diseases like the flu, COVID-19 and RSV. The emergence of new virus strains, the need to increase immunity, the importance of participant diversity, the significant global morbidity and mortality rates, and the continuous improvement of scientific technology all contribute to the necessity of conducting annual trials. By investing in and supporting these trials, we can develop more effective vaccines and therapeutics while reducing the burden of infectious diseases on individuals and society as a whole.

EmVenio supports infectious disease studies globally, contact us today to utilize our community research sites for your current or upcoming trials.