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Tennessee state senator says he's participating in COVID-19 vaccine trial

Sen. Richard Briggs, R-Knoxville, who is also a surgone, said he is one of the first volunteers to receive an injection.

TENNESSEE, USA — A Tennessee state senator is participating in a COVID-19 vaccine trial.

Sen. Richard Briggs, who represents Knoxville, said he is taking part in the phase three trial at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The senator, who is also a surgeon, said he is one of the first volunteers to receive an injection.

The study will evaluate the effectiveness of the experimental COVID-19 vaccine, compared to no vaccine.

The Vanderbilt vaccine study is one of many under way in the state.