Guest Commentary: The coronavirus vaccine is safe. I know because I tested it.

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A safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine would be a game-changer in the fight against the pandemic, saving countless lives and helping to put us all back on the path to the lives we enjoyed less than a year ago. And it offers strong hope to the African-American community that has been hit so much harder by the coronavirus. Michael Rouse volunteered to test the Moderna vaccine in Colorado.
So when the opportunity arose for volunteers to support the vaccine’s development, I felt deeply that it was my civic duty to do my part. That’s why I volunteered to test it.
Late in August, I received my first shot of the Moderna vaccine and then a second injection about a month later. Along with the thousands of other volunteers enrolled in the clinical trials, I sought to provide the research community with the data they needed to ensure that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. And due to the biopharmaceutical industry’s efforts, they’ve managed to do just that.
Still, some Colorado residents are wary of a prospective coronavirus vaccine. They worry that the vaccine’s development and rollout will present serious health concerns for recipients. They …

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