Daines Calls COVID Vaccine Safe After Participating in Trial

The senator and his wife were part of a group of over 100 Montana residents participating in the trial

By Associated Press
U.S. Senator Steve Daines tours the Glacier Rail Park and CHS Mountain West Co-op facilities in Kalispell on July 24, 2020. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon

HELENA – Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, said Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies after participating in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trial.

Daines’ announcement came as drug company Pfizer said its vaccine is 95% effective. The company plans to seek emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration in the coming days.

The senator and his wife were part of a group of over 100 Montana residents participating in the trial.

“My goal is to help build confidence and trust for Montanans and the American people wondering if they should take the vaccine when it is approved. This is about saving lives,” Daines said in a statement.

While Daines encouraged people to get the vaccine once it is approved, he said he does not believe in making it a requirement.

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