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Coronavirus: US tests vaccine on first human subjects

by Ayodeji Onibalusi
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In what is seen as a first major step towards a breakthrough in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, physicians in the US have begun testing the Covid-19 vaccine on the first human subjects.

A pharmacist gives Jennifer Haller, left, the first shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) – FORBES.COM

Named mRNA-1273, the vaccine was developed by Moderna, a biotechnology company, in partnership with scientists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at Kaiser Permanente, Washington USA.

The test patient, Jennifer Haller went through the first-stage safety study – a clinical trial stage that allows drugs to be tested on human subjects before it is released for use by the general public.

Jennifer Haller is 43 years old.

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