Meet Jennifer Haller, first in history to test possible COVID-19 vaccine


GUWAHATI: Jennifer Haller of Seattle, USA became the first person in history to test a possible vaccine for COVID-19 on Monday. Haller along with other volunteers stepped up for human trials for the COVID-19 vaccine at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute in Seattle.

Forty-three-year-old Jennifer Haller of Seattle, an operations manager at a tech company, received the injection inside an exam room.

Haller, the mother of two teenagers, a 16-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter

termed it an “amazing opportunity” for her to “do something”.

Jennifer Haller learned of the vaccine study through Facebook on March 3, the day Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute started recruiting. She submitted her application immediately.

The said ‘vaccine’, codenamed mRNA-1273, was developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Massachusetts-based biotechnology company Moderna Inc. According to a report by the Associated Press (AP), scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute in Seattle begin an ‘anxiously awaited first-stage study of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed in record time’.

(Inputs from ANI, Q13Fox)