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Virus vaccine put to final test in thousands of volunteers

BY The Canadian Press, Jul 27, 2020 8:43 AM - REPORT AN ERROR

Moderna is set to begin Phase Three of its clinical trials of a COVID-19 vaccine it developed with the U-S National Institutes of Health. The Canadian Press

A nurse in Binghamton, New York was one of the first to get a shot this morning as the world's biggest COVID-19 vaccine study got underway.

The world's biggest COVID-19 vaccine test got underway Monday with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers.

Melissa Harting says she volunteered as a way to do her part to help out since she has other family members in front-line jobs that could expose them to the virus.

The experimental vaccine is made by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., and it's one of several candidates in the final stretch of the global vaccine race.

The needed proof: Whether more people who get dummy shots become infected than those given two doses of the real vaccine.

The U.S. government plans separate huge studies of several leading vaccine candidates through fall, each in hot spots where the virus still is spreading.

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