No guarantee, just hope’: Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trials are launching in Arizona

Morderna, based in Cambridge, Mass., has received nearly $1 billion as part of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed. /Credit…Tony Luong for The New York Times

By Amanda Morris | Arizona Republic

Anna Lunaria says she wouldn’t usually consider signing up for clinical trials of new drugs or vaccines. But last week, she volunteered to participate in the first late-stage COVID-19 vaccine trials in Arizona, despite the potential risks as a test subject.

“I’m not afraid of a vaccine. I’m afraid of the virus,” said Lunaria, a Phoenix  acupuncturist. “I think of it as my patriotic duty to do what I can in this time.”

American biotech company Moderna and American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer both launched late-stage trials of their respective vaccines on Monday. The vaccines have emerged at a breakneck speed and have shown promise in earlier studies.

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