There are young, healthy volunteers who will contract the Coronavirus to test vaccines and treatments. It is said to be the first study of the Covid-19 virus of its kind in the world with volunteers.
The study has received ethical approval and will start in the coming weeks. 90 people between the ages of 18 and 30 will be recruited, According to the BBC.
They are said to be exposed to the virus in a safe and controlled environment under the supervision of a doctor.
The purpose of the researchers is to be able to calculate the minimum amount of coronavirus required to cause infection and how the body’s immune system reacts to it.
This will give clinicians a better understanding of covid-19, the disease caused by the sars-cov-2 virus, and the development of vaccines and treatments.
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Several actors are behind
The study is being carried out in cooperation between the British government’s Vaccine Development Working Group, universities, the British National Health Authority and a company that has paved the way for models of the viral human challenge, the BBC writes.
Primarily, the study will use the virus that has been circulating in the UK since the pandemic began in March. The intentional infection of volunteers by healthy adults is considered low.
Over time, a small number of volunteers are likely to receive an approved vaccine and then be exposed to the virus, which helps researchers find the most effective vaccine.
Volunteers are encouraged to apply and participate in the study. The government promised that they would be compensated for their time.
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It should give unique insight
Clive Dicks, Interim President of The vaccination teamAccording to the BBC:
“We have obtained a number of safe and effective vaccines for the UK, but it is important that we continue to develop new vaccines and treatments for covid-19. We expect these studies will provide unique insight into how the virus works and help us understand which are the most promising vaccines that offer the best chance of prevention. Infection. “
The United Kingdom was the first in Europe to approve a vaccine and start vaccinations. To date, more than 15 million people have received doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Studies of human challenge have historically played an important role in driving the development of treatments for a number of diseases of widespread prevalence and severe health consequences such as malaria, typhus, cholera and influenza.
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