Government official: Coronavirus vaccine trial starts Monday

Posted at 6:48 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 19:48:09-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A clinical trial evaluating a vaccine designed to protect against the new coronavirus will begin Monday.

A government official said the first participant in the trial will receive the experimental vaccine that day.

The National Institutes of Health is funding the trial that is taking place at a Kaiser Permanente research facility in Seattle.

Testing will begin with 45 young, healthy volunteers with different doses of shots co-developed by NIH and Moderna Inc. Public health officials said it will take a year to 18 months to fully validate any potential vaccine.