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Maryland Man May Be First to Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19

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A researcher works on developing a vaccine for COVID-19 in the laboratory of the Amsterdam UMC, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on May 28, 2020. (Koen Van Weel/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 10 July 2020 09:56 AM

David Rach claims he may have been successfully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The graduate immunology student from Maryland took part in a clinical trial last May to test a drug developed by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and the German firm BioNTech. While it’s not known if he was given the experimental vaccine or a placebo, early reports indicate that he already has antibodies that are equal to or higher than those reported in people who have had COVID-19.

According to Fox News, Rach said he did experience a reaction to his second dose, which could indicate he received the experimental vaccine and not the saline solution placebo. He will be formally tested in October to see if he has immunity to the virus.

“There is a component of relief seeing that it’s actually producing results,” Rach told WJLA. According to the news outlet, if the drug proves to be successful, Pfizer will roll out 100 million doses by the end of this year and projects it will produce more than a billion the following year.

The Daily Mail reports that Rach takes his temperature every morning and makes sure he checks for any COVID-19 related symptoms. He said that everybody in the trial still wears a mask and continues to practice social distancing since the effectiveness of the vaccine is yet to be determined.

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David Rach claims he may have been successfully vaccinated against COVID-19. The graduate immunology student from Maryland took part in a clinical trial last May to test a drug developed by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and the German firm BioNTech. While it's not known if he...
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