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1600 people vaccinated after fridge malfunction in Seattle

Because a refrigerator at a hospital-owned by the Kaiser Permanente hospital group broke and the vaccine doses from manufacturer Moderna apparently could not be stored elsewhere, the active ingredients had to be administered quickly. "We had twelve hours to get those 1600 doses out to people," a company spokeswoman said in a virtual press conference Friday morning.

First COVID-19 vaccine tested

According to Associated Press the first COVID-19 vaccine was tested at the Kaiser Permanente research facility in Seattle, Washington. The vaccine was developed by the biotechnology company Moderna Therapeutics and contains a harmless part of the COVID-19 viral genome. The NHS-funded trial was fast-tracked, skipping animal experiments. According to the researchers, results may take many months.