First Michigan residents get experimental COVID-19 vaccine; more volunteers sought
Detroit — Henry Ford Health System started the first Michigan inoculations Wednesday with volunteers for a potential COVID-19 vaccine.
The Detroit-based health system is one of 90 nationwide and the only site in Michigan for the Phase 3 trial for the Moderna drug. Researchers hope to enroll 30,000 volunteers across the country to receive the vaccine, which is administered through two injections.
Victor McFadden, 64, was ready to move from Detroit to South Carolina in March when the pandemic hit Michigan, preventing him from joining his sister in Myrtle Beach.
McFadden, a former housekeeper at Henry Ford Hospital, said he thought of his co-workers and of his sister, who is a nurse, and decided he wanted to do anything to help search for a cure.
"I had everything packed and this happened, but if I can give it a jumpstart to finding a way to get this over with, I'm all for it," he said. "I wanted to see if there was something I could do to help. These young people aren't taking it seriously and I'm stuck here in Michigan so why not do something that's going to help the world."
Moderna is developing the vaccine in partnership with the National Institutes for Health. Nationwide, more than 150 coronavirus vaccines are being developed, and 20 of those are close to or in clinical trials.
"This is a historic time for us," said Dr. Marcus Zervos, division chief for infectious disease at Henry Ford Health. "COVID-19 is causing millions of infections ...
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