1st Experimental Coronavirus Vaccine Administered in Seattle

March 17, 2020

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On Monday in Seattle, a 43-year-old woman named Jennifer Haller received the first experimental coronavirus vaccine, accelerating the race to find a remedy for one of the deadliest worldwide viruses in decades. But the race won't be a fast one: Even if the research proceeds at a brisk pace--and its briskness thus far has been "unprecedented," says Dr. Lisa Jackson of Kaiser Permanente--the AP reports that a vaccine likely won't be available for widespread use for at least another year. The subjects who've been chosen for the initial round of testing are between the ages of 18 and 55 and not believed to be infected with COVID-19. What researchers are looking for are any side effects, negative or positive, such as a significant ramping up of an individual's immune system.