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By Julia Hollingsworth, Brett McKeehan, Laura Smith-Spark and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 0417 GMT (1217 HKT) September 27, 2020
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12:48 a.m. ET, September 26, 2020

US public service announcement narrated by Harrison Ford aims to recruit vaccine trial volunteers

From CNN Health’s Sierra Jenkins

Harrison Ford smiles during a press conference to present the film 'El Llamado Salvaje' on February 5, in Mexico City.
Harrison Ford smiles during a press conference to present the film 'El Llamado Salvaje' on February 5, in Mexico City. Adrián Monroy/Medios y Media/Getty Images

Actor Harrison Ford has narrated a new public service announcement that aims to recruit volunteers for Covid-19 vaccine clinical trials. 

Sprinkled among clips of President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural address, the ad features some of the 1,500 Covid-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN) registry participants who submitted video testimonies explaining why they volunteered.

“I’m not a doctor, but I am a citizen of this great country,” says one volunteer. “I want to do my part as an American,” adds another.

“We need to register a million more volunteers to complete the studies and possibly get a safe and effective vaccine to hundreds of millions of Americans,” Ford says in the ad.

“The vaccine trial needs Americans of every race, location and medical condition to help in one of the most important endeavours of our lifetime.”

Producers said they expect the PSA to air on major networks in the future. 

This PSA is not part of a previously announced federal government campaign.