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Diary of a vaccine volunteer, day 1: Well, that wasn’t bad, even the swab

I signed up to take part in trials for a promising vaccine as SA joins the global race against Covid-19

Senior features writer

Covid-19 has no cure yet, adding urgency to the race to find a vaccine that protects people against coronavirus.

SA scientists are joining their peers around the world in testing three promising vaccines, out of about 30 Covid-19 candidates in international clinical trials.

I grew up in a medical family — my father was a professor of medicine at UCT, my older sister and brother are both doctors and married to doctors — so Western medicine, needles, blood donation and hospitals are part of my life...

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