Covid-19 vaccine trials: High rate of side effects reported with placebos - researchers

Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article

A new study has found that the rate of side effects among members of placebo groups in Covid-19 vaccine trials was substantial.

Participants in placebo arms of trials are given a non-pharmacological treatment, such as a sugar pill, or injected with saline solution. Feeling one's physical or mental health improving or experiencing side effects under these circumstances is known as the placebo effect.

The study, published in JAMA Network Open, assessed adverse events (AE) in Covid-19 trials in people in the placebo groups.

Support independent journalism
Get 14 days free to read all our investigative and in-depth journalism. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed.
Already a subscriber? Sign in
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
28% - 9934 votes
72% - 25931 votes