A volunteer who was injected with the Moderna coronavirus vaccine has come forward with his experience with the drug - and it may just surprise you all.
The news that we've been waiting months for is finally here...
via: ShutterstockA vaccine for the deadly coronavirus is on the brink of completion.
The American biotech company, Moderna, has been tirelessly working on a vaccine...
via: ShutterstockAnd now, the much-needed remedy could nearly be ready according to interim data.
This is unbelievably exciting news...But what's even more exciting is that a volunteer who was injected with the vaccine has come forward with their own experience with the drug. Here's the full story...
Now, we all know that 2020 has been nothing short of terrible.
via: GettyThe coronavirus pandemic took the entire planet hostage back in March and things have been diabolical.
Originating in Wuhan, China, the virus spread across the world at an alarming rate...
via: GettyAnd at the time of writing, there are currently 56,016,137 cases of the virus.
Over 1 million people have tragically died as a result...
via: GettyAnd even more alarmingly so, the United States of America is the worst affected country in the world - with more than 254,291 deaths alone.
There's no denying how unprepared the entire world was for this pandemic...And Donald Trump's eagerness to tone down the virus didn't at all go to plan.
And even when the president was tested positive for COVID himself last month...He continued to play it down and insist that we can simply "live with the virus."
This was extremely alarming for many to hear from one of the most powerful leaders in the world...
And it got us all wondering... what's the progress with the much-needed vaccine?
@realDonaldTrump “Don’t let it dominate you!” It’s like Trump is saying the >210,000 who have died were weak, like… https://t.co/NQxMWCwa0k— MURRAY (@MURRAY)1601944995.0
Pharmaceutical organizations from all around the world have been working tirelessly to discover a vaccine...
via: ShutterstockBut so far, there has been little luck.
However, the good news this month has slowly been trickling in.
American multinational pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer and German biotechnology company BioNTech have both been working on their own coronavirus vaccines for the last few months...But the vaccine everyone is talking about today has come from the biotech firm, Moderna.
Firstly, Moderna's vaccine was partly funded by country icon, Dolly Parton, who gave $1 million to the firm to aid their research.
If that isn't a reason to celebrate a vaccine, what is?
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And secondly, the results from the trials have been overwhelmingly positive.
Moderna has announced that its mRNA vaccine for #COVID19 achieved 94.5% protective efficacy in a large-scale trial.… https://t.co/Vhf7PuG2fu— News from Science (@News from Science)1605641404.0
The new vaccine is nearly 95% effective, early data from Moderna shows.
On the results, the company said it was a "great day" and that they plan to apply for approval to use the vaccine in the next few weeks.
However, it's still early days.The company has only just completed their first trial, which involved 30,000 people in the US - half were given 2 doses of the vaccine, 4 weeks apart, while the rest had dummy injections.
And now, one of these volunteers has spoken out.Neal Browning, from Bothell in Washington, was the second person ever to receive the jab - which was not tested on animals beforehand, as with other trials. Yesterday, he appeared via videolink on the British breakfast show, Good Morning Britain, to discuss his experience.
Browning explained how he felt the vaccine's risks were "minimal" compared to the positive impact it could have globally.He said: "Because I was in the early trial they went ahead and gave us the dose and had us stay in the clinic for an hour or so to make sure there were no really adverse reactions as this had previously not been given to animals, let alone humans."
His side-effects were mild...And he even compared it to a "regular flu shot." "The second injection was 4 weeks later. Both times I experienced no issues other than waking up with a sore arm - very slightly sore - the next morning. Just like a regular flu shot."
Browning also explained how he wasn't at all concerned about his own health when volunteering to take part in the trial."I did the research. They produced reams of documents explaining how this works, what it does. The risks seem minimal compared to what the benefits to the world could do. There's no chance of actually catching Covid-19 from this because there's no part of the virus in this vaccine."
You can watch his interview here.
For more coronavirus news, keep scrolling to hear the president-elect, Joe Biden's plan to tackle the pandemic...
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