The COVID-19 pandemic seemingly has no expiration date. At its onset, we thought there was a decent chance it would be gone by summer. Fast forward and we see more cases in the summer than we ever did in the early spring when it really began to impact us. But are you looking for glimmer of hope? KCCI reports a COVID-19 vaccine is now entering its final testing phase.

Today, Monday July 27, the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccine study got rolling as the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping to test shots created by the U.S. government are receiving their shots. Not all will receive the possible vaccine, and volunteers won’t know if they’re getting the real shot or a mock-up vaccine that will not protect them.

After the test subjects receive are given two doses, scientists will closely monitor which group suffers more infections as they go about their daily routines, especially in areas where the virus still is spreading rapidly.

Operation Warp Speed, as it was labeled by the U.S. government, has the goal of getting a vaccine approved in a far shorter time frame than a vaccine would normally take to be approved. Other countries such as Chine and Brazil are also working on creating a vaccine.

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