Volunteers Hope Vaccine Will Be Found ‘Sooner Than Later’

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Washington – Two Ameri­cans who received trial shots of a coronavirus vaccine ear­lier this week had their second follow-ups on Wednesday and were now ready for another shot, the US media reported.

And China said on Wednesday it’s ready to start clinical trials of its own coro­navirus vaccine, developed by researchers who worked in Wuhan, the ground zero of the pandemic.

Neal Browning and Jen­nifer Haller are from a group of 45 healthy individuals who have volunteered for a coronavirus vaccine trial in Washington state. The two were among the first to re­ceive the vaccine.

They will go for a blood draw in a week, will have another draw done the week after that and in about a month, they will receive second shots and go through that process again.

In an interview to CNN, Mr Browning said he was do­ing this to “make this end as quickly as possible for the rest of the world.”

He said he was “healthy enough to … contribute to (this) research” and hoped that the researchers “find a vaccine sooner than later.”

Ms Haller said she was healthy, had the support of her family and friends and worked for a company that allowed her to work remotely, so she decid­ed to volunteer for this vaccine.

“We all feel so helpless right now,” she told CNN. “I feel blessed that I actually am getting to do something here.”

In Beijing, China’s National Medical Products Administra­tion announced approving tests for the country’s first COVID-19 vaccine, which was created by the Academy of Military Medi­cal Sciences in Wuhan.

The vaccine trial, funded by the National Institute of Al­lergy and Infectious Diseases, started on Monday and would continue for six weeks.

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