Researchers start tests on potential coronavirus vaccine

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)

U.S. researchers on Monday began a first test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine Monday.

Doctors injected the arms of four healthy volunteers at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute in Seattle. The potential vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus was developed in record time following the outbreak in China that ignited the pandemic.

“We’re team coronavirus now,” Kaiser Permanente study leader Dr. Lisa Jackson said just before the test began.

“Everyone wants to do what they can in this emergency.” Some of the 45 volunteers who will get two doses a month apart said they were glad to be part of the experiment.

“We all feel so helpless. This is an amazing opportunity for me to do something,” said Jennifer Haller, 43, of Seattle.

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