Coronavirus Vaccine Clinical Trial Starts Monday: U.S. Official

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 11:58

One of the U.S government official has stated that a clinical trial evaluating a vaccine designed to protect against the new coronavirus will be launched on Monday.

The first participant in the trial will receive the experimental vaccine on Monday, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the trial has not been publicly announced yet, the Market Watch reports.

The National Institutes of Health is funding the trial, which is taking place at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, the official said.

Testing will begin with 45 young, healthy volunteers with different doses of shots co-developed by NIH and Moderna Inc. MRNA, -4.48%

There’s no chance participants could get infected from the shots, because they don’t contain the virus itself. The goal is purely to check that the vaccines show no worrisome side effects, setting the stage for larger tests.

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