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Man believes he may be vaccinated against COVID-19

David Rach took part in clinical study for drug made by Pfizer

Maryland man believes he may be vaccinated against COVID-19
Maryland man believes he may be vaccinated against COVID-19

BALTIMORE – A graduate student in Maryland believes that he may be the first person to be successfully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

David Rach became the first person to be injected with a trial COVID-19 vaccine, made by Pfizer, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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According to researchers, early indications show the vaccine is working by stimulating the growth of antibodies at rates equal or higher to those who have the illness.

“There is also a component of relief seeing that it’s actually producing results that the vaccine is producing antibodies,” Rach said.

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Rach isn’t sure if he received the actual vaccine or a saline solution, but after a slight reaction from receiving a second dose, he believes he is one of the very few people in the world vaccinated against COVID-19.

“It’s exciting. It’s exciting from the side of a participant, it’s exciting from the side of a graduate student studying immunology and it is also exciting in hopefully the promise of a vaccine by next year and life returning to a semblance of normal,” Rach said.

Rach is expected to be checked again in the following months to see if he truly does have immunity against the coronavirus.

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Pfizer says that if all goes according to plan, they hope to have 100 million doses of the vaccine before the end of the year.


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