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International Clinical Trials Day remembered

Washington, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Science celebrates the International Clinical Trials Day, to spread the word about what research work consists of in order to obtain a vaccine or a drug for a specific disease.

The date commemorates the first clinical trial in history, carried out by the Scottish doctor James Lind in 1747, which laid the foundations for clinical research.

That study sought to identify the absence of vitamin D as the cause of scurvy affecting British Navy sailors.

Today, the development of a new drug or vaccine must go through several phases, so the process can take several years before the drug becomes available.

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