Received: 10 July 2020
Accepted: 15 July 2020
First Online: 31 July 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The study received favourable ethical opinion by the West Midlands – Coventry & Warwickshire Research ethics committee. Ref: 20/WM/0169, 09 June 2020.Full informed consent will be obtained from each patient prior to enrolment into the study. In line with other urgent COVID -19 trials, if the patient lacks capacity to give consent due to the severity of their medical condition (e.g. acute respiratory failure or delirium), then consent may be obtained from a relative acting as the patient’s legally designated representative or from a professional legal representative.
: Not applicable.
: EBH, MK and JC are all Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust employees, who as part of their NHS post, serve an obligatory 50% secondment to GSK for the purposes of conducting clinical trial research. They receive no employee or pension benefits from GSK as a result of this relationship.