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Human Trials for Army COVID-19 Vaccine to Start in September
Posted on June 12, 2020

Researchers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research will begin recruiting volunteers in July for a COVID-19 vaccine, with injections starting in the fall.

The upcoming trial will accept 50 participants and be conducted in the Washington, DC area. Civilian and military volunteers will be considered, Military Times reports.

“Key results will be obtained in less than two months, but the trial will extend beyond that to look at long-term immune responses,” said Samir Deshpande of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. “If the results are positive from the first two months, they will trigger a much larger scale trial before phase one ends.”

White House officials have said they hope to have a viable vaccine by January 2021. Researchers say that the vaccine currently in development may be effective against all coronavirus-related viruses.

Army researchers began developing over 24 versions of the vaccine beginning in January of this year.

In a recent call, it was reported that Thomas McCaffery, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, said that this version of the vaccine is one of five (or six) variations currently being tested.

Photo by William F. Discher/Army

Post courtesy of the Association of Defense Communities

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