As the director for the only clinical research site chosen in Kentucky by Pfizer to participate in their adolescent and adult COVID19 vaccine trials in 2020, this painting portrays the hope we all felt during those challenging times. The reference for this painting was taken by me on July 31, 2020, as the 19th patient in our trial was being administered the blinded trial vaccine by our Unblinded Research Nurse, Lisa. The excitement of "Patient #19" was contagious, as she was stepping up to volunteer and take action to help with the solution for the pandemic.
The name of the painting was inspired by a letter received by Pfizer on December 12, 2020, as the very first EUA was granted. The letter started with "When the world needed you most, you said yes." Parts of that letter are incorporated within the original painting. Also included in the original painting are the actual BNT162b2 vial caps (used for the 0's for the year in 2020), a syringe label used to cover the contents of the syringe to ensure the blind was maintained and pieces of a Thank You card given to our patients.
Our research site was one of 152 clinical research sites in the world to participate, among the first 40 sites chosen, the only site in Kentucky. We enrolled 373 of the 44,000 patients enrolled worldwide. The most challenging time of my career. But also the most rewarding. Never did I think that I would actually be showing up for work to really help "Save the World".