- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2020

DETROIT (AP) - A hospital system in southeastern Michigan is looking for up to 5,000 volunteers for a COVID-19 vaccine study.

Henry Ford Health System is working with the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., which want 30,000 people in the U.S., with assistance from health care providers.

Volunteers won’t know if they’re getting the real shot or a dummy version. After two doses, scientists will closely track which group experiences more infections as they go about their daily routines, especially in areas where the virus still is spreading unchecked.

“The Moderna vaccine seems to be very promising,” said Dr. Marcus Zervos, Henry Ford’s division chief of infectious disease. “In the initial studies that have been done so far, it looks to be safe and has produced protective antibodies at the level of a natural infection.”

People who want to volunteer or learn more about the vaccine trial can visit www.henryford.com/ModernaVaccine.



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