Jul 27, 2020

By Jane Brown

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Beginning Monday, 30,000 American volunteers help test an experimental vaccine in the world’s biggest COVID-19 inoculation study.

Some will get the drug while others will receive a placebo.

Scientists with drug company Moderna will closely track which group experiences more infections.

Company chairman Noubar Afeyan explained they aren’t exactly sure if the vaccine will successfully kill the virus once it enters the body, or prevent someone from contracting it at all.

If everything goes well with the final studies, it will still take months for the first data to come in from the Moderna test.

Meantime, the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has doubled over the past six weeks to nearly 16-million.

The director-general of the World Health Organization is set to convene the U.N. agency’s emergency committee on Thursday to gather advice on the pandemic.

Doctor Tedros Ghebreyesus says COVID-19 has changed the world. But he adds we are not prisoners of the pandemic and that every single one of us can make a positive difference.

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