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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Could A COVID-19 Vaccine Be Developed Locally?

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RiverCenter Towers in Covington, home of CTI

The race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine is underway across the globe, and according to one local executive, the heretofore elusive vaccine could be found here in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.

CTI Clinical Trial & Consulting CEO Tim Schroeder wrote an op-ed recently explaining why he thinks it's possible.

Citing the contributions from the region's largest businesses such as Procter & Gamble and Kroger, its health care providers like Cincinnati Children's and St. Elizabeth, and smaller medical research firms like Gravity Diagnostics, Schroeder wrote, "This is our time to demonstrate to everyone what we have known for a long time: that this is a great place to work and live, and that we're capable of changing the world."

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