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UMB president receives shot of potential coronavirus vaccine

Posted at 5:07 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 17:07:47-04

BALTIMORE — The University of Maryland Baltimore has a new president and one of his tasks on his first day on the job was getting a shot of a potential vaccine for the coronavirus.

UMB is one of a hundred centers nationwide testing out a potential vaccine for COVID-19 from the bio-tech company Moderna.

The center for vaccine development at UMB has nearly five decades of experience in vaccine trials as well as researching infections -- bacteria -- and viruses.

UMB currently is looking for several hundred people to join it's new president -- Dr. Bruce Jarrell in taking part in the Moderna vaccine study.

"It's important for the senior leaders at umb to participate in this, just the same as as everybody else if it's safe for you, it ought to be safe for me too and I believe very strongly in that," Jarrell said.

Jarrell says even though he's taking part in the study -- he still plans to wear a mask and practice social distancing until the vaccine has been proven to be effective.