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Coronavirus vaccine trial to be conducted in Palm Beach County

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Palm Beach County will be among 20 sites in the United States selected to take part in a human trial to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

Wellington infectious disease specialist and research investigator, Dr. Larry Bush, says “The country needs a vaccine to put this pandemic behind us.”

Dr. Bush will be helping start one of just two COVID-19 vaccine trials in Florida. He says volunteers are needed.

Bush said the vaccine in development for the trial is safe.

“The vaccine of this particular trial is going to be using does not carry a live virus as far as COVID, therefore you cannot get infected with the (virus),” Bush said.

He also said if the trial goes well, it is possible the vaccine could gain government approval early next year.

The number to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine trial based in Wellington is 561-770-7370.