Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman announced Tuesday he is participating in a phase 3 trial for the COVID-19 vaccine being developed by American multinational corporation Johnson & Johnson. Portman said he hopes to help boost public confidence in vaccines as America prepares for a massive inoculation effort against the coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease. “Getting a safe & effective vaccine is the single most important thing we can do to beat #COVID19,” Portman tweeted. “I encourage folks to participate in trials & feel confident in the vaccine once it is authorized by the FDA [Food and Drug Administration].” US Senator Grassley to Quarantine After Exposure to COVID-19 In a statement, the 87-year-old senator says he feels well, will work from home Portman signed up as a test subject after receiving a briefing from an Ohio-based firm that is conducting the late-stage trial of the vaccine. The 64-year-old lawmaker is one of 10,000 volunteers administered a blind dose, which is either the vaccine or a placebo. Portman agreed to monitor his vital signs and keep a daily log of his health. Portman’s announcement came one day after another company, Moderna, said a phase 3 trial shows its vaccine to be 94.5%… Read full this story
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