Portman Donates COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Stipend to United Way of Central Ohio’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund

November 18, 2020 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that he is donating the $1200 stipend he is receiving for participating in the Janssen-Johnson & Johnson ENSEMBLE phase three trial to the United Way of Central Ohio’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund.  More information on the response fund is here.  Portman released the following statement: 

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to get worse, with cases skyrocketing across Ohio, affecting families in every Ohio community. That’s why I felt it was important to join a vaccine trial and play a small role in supporting our country’s health care response to this pandemic. All participants in clinical trials receive a stipend, and I am donating the $1200 stipend I will receive for participating in the COVID-19 vaccine trial to the United Way of Central Ohio’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund. This fund is helping dozens of nonprofits in the Columbus region who have been impacted by COVID-19. I hope that my participation in the vaccine trial will encourage others to feel confident in participating in vaccine clinical trials being conducted across this country, as well as reassure people about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines once they have gone through the trials and FDA approval process. I also hope that the donation of my stipend encourages others to find ways to help their fellow Ohioans in their time of need.  

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