Moderna Covid vaccine volunteer says he was 'excited' to get injection

A volunteer who received Moderna’s eagerly-anticipated new coronavirus vaccine says he was ‘excited’ to be one of the first people to get the injection. Anthony Shivers, 60, said a sense of civic duty made him decide to participate in the trial, which saw him receive two shots a month apart in September.

Shivers, from Boston, said: ‘I was excited about being a part of it, and bringing it to my community.’ The father has diabetes and hypertension – both conditions that could potentially result in serious coronavirus side effects should he fall ill with Covid-19.

Shivers said he did his research before agreeing to the vaccine, and revealed that there were some side effects. He told Boston 25: ‘I had minor headaches, and those are some of the symptoms. You get those little aches and pains.’

Despite those, Shivers says he is glad he got the shot – named mRNA-1273, and has encouraged others to do so when it becomes widely available.

Shivers, who participated in the trial at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital added: ‘It’s devastating what it’s doing to the country, around the world. The pandemic was going to affect so many people, blacks, Hispanics, Asians.’

Moderna, whose headquarters is in Cambridge, Massachusetts, announced that its vaccine was 94.5% effective earlier this week, sparking hopes of an end to the coronavirus pandemic.

It will now seek emergency approval from government health bodies around the world, and could begin rolling out its shot as early as next month.

Rival manufacturer Pfizer says its Covid vaccine is similarly effective. Both vaccines require two injections, administered 28 days apart. The Pfizer shot must be stored at -94f (-70c), making it logistically difficult to distribute.

But Moderna’s vaccine can be stored for up to a month at standard refrigeration temperatures, making it a more practical option.

Both vaccines use synthetic ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecules to stimulate an immune response to Covid.

Coronavirus has so far infected 11.3 million Americans, and 55.7million people across the world. Close to 249,000 people have died of the virus in the US, with 1.34million killed by it worldwide.

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