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Phase III Begins

Phase III testing of Moderna's candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine has started today, NPR reports.

The trial will involve some 30,000 people, half of whom will receive two injections of the candidate vaccine, dubbed mRNA-1273, and half of whom will receive a saline placebo. Researchers will then monitor whether the vaccine can prevent those who receive it from becoming ill with COVID-19. 

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In a letter, about two dozen researchers criticize the World Health Organization investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and call for a new inquiry, the Wall Street Journal reports.

National Geographic reports that nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo have been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.

Janet Woodcock, the acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, speaks with NPR about SARS-CoV-2 testing and vaccines in the US.

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