It will be months before results trickle in, and there is no guarantee the vaccines will ultimately work against the scourge that has killed over 650,000 people around the world, including almost 150,000 in the US.
“We’ve been sitting on the sidelines passively attempting to wear our masks and social distance and not go out when it’s not necessary. This is the first step of becoming active against this,” said Dr. Frank Eder of Meridian Clinical Research, the company that runs the Binghamton trial site.
“There’s really no other way to get past this," stated Dr. Frank.
As if to underline how high the stakes are, there were more setbacks in efforts to contain the coronavirus.
In Washington, the Trump administration disclosed that national security adviser Robert O’Brien has the virus — the highest-ranking US official to test positive so far.
The White House said he has mild symptoms and “has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off-site.”
The move to restart the national pastime ran into trouble just five days into the long-delayed season.
Two major league baseball games scheduled for Monday night were called off as the Miami Marlins coped with an outbreak.
The Marlins’ home opener against the Baltimore Orioles, and the New York Yankees’ game in Philadelphia, where the Marlins used the clubhouse over the weekend.
As for relief from the economic damage done by the virus, Republicans on Capitol Hill rolled out a $1 trillion package.