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Government official: Coronavirus vaccine trial starts Monday

The National Institutes of Health is funding the trial that is taking place at a Kaiser Permanente research facility in Seattle.

WASHINGTON — A clinical trial evaluating a vaccine designed to protect against the new coronavirus will begin Monday. 

A government official says the first participant in the trial will receive the experimental vaccine that day. The National Institutes of Health is funding the trial that is taking place at a Kaiser Permanente research facility in Seattle.

Testing will begin with 45 young, healthy volunteers with different doses of shots co-developed by NIH and Moderna Inc. Public health officials say it will take a year to 18 months to fully validate any potential vaccine. 

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