First Covid-19 vaccine by US ready for final testing

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Washington, D.C, United States of America – The first Covid-19 vaccine tested in the US is just as how the scientists had hoped. It has revved up the immune systems of people and is now ready for the the final testing.

Whilst this vaccine has no serious side effects on the people, more than half of the study participants reported flu-like reactions, some of which are similar to coronavirus symptoms such as fatigue, headache, chills, fever and pain at the injection site that are not common with other vaccines. However the researchers noted that the side effects were temporary and lasted about a day and occurred right after vaccination

“Small price to pay for protection against COVID,” said Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a vaccine expert who wasn’t involved with the study.

Dr. Schaffner called the early results “a good first step” and is optimistic that final testing could deliver answers about whether it’s really safe and effective by the beginning of next year.

The experimental vaccine will start its most important step, a 30,000 person study to prove if the shots are actually strong enough to protect the people against the Covid-19, around July 27.

The U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert,  Dr. Anthony Fauci told The Associated Press that, “No matter how you slice this, this is good news.” This vaccine is developed by Fauci’s colleagues at the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc.

Although there is no guarantee for when the results of the vaccine will be available, the government hopes to have results around the end of the year, making it a record speed for developing a vaccine.