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EXCLUSIVE: Bay Area residents get injected for AstraZeneca's phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial

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Date: 2020-11-13 15:18:45

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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Pfizer and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines have made big headlines this week, but there's another vaccine in phase 3 trials that also shows a lot of promise - the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

A phase 3 trial was supposed to begin in the Bay Area in August but was paused after a participant in the U.K. became ill. The FDA did a full investigation and said it was safe to resume U-S trials.

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Only on ABC7 News, reporter Kate Larsen got an inside look at the trial as volunteers got injected in San Francisco.

The Phase 3 AstraZeneca trial will enroll 40,000 participants worldwide. San Francisco's Bridge HIV clinic will have 250 volunteers, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital has 100 volunteers, and the East Bay AIDS center in Oakland will have 50-75 volunteers.

Redwood City resident, Paul Perez, and San Jose residents, Kevin and Tricia Jiang got their first injections Friday at the Bridge HIV clinic. They all volunteered and were chosen for AstraZeneca's Phase 3 COVID vaccine trial.

"I am so hoping I got the vaccine that would be great," exclaimed Tricia.

To eliminate bias in the trial, neither Tricia or the researchers know what she received.

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