New strains of COVID–19 have once again led to rising fears about the future. There is still much more to be learned about the deadly virus and now reports say that Scientists in the UK are ready for the first “human challenge Covid trials”.
In order to get to know the virus better, Scientists in the UK are ‘infecting’ 2500 healthy volunteers with COVID-19. Throughout the study, they will attempt to understand how the virus behaves in the body, and how much time it takes for the virus to develop, the sun reported.
The UK government has backed the research with $45 million of funding. The project will be undertaken by the imperial college, the national Health Service’s Royal Free Hospital, along with pharmaceutical company hVIVO.
Starting from January, the volunteers aged between 18-30 will be given an experimental nasal vaccine, after which they will be infected with the virus. All volunteers are to be paid $5,300 (close to 3.7 lakh INR) for their three-week stay at a hospital, where they will be monitored all day and night, as reported by Mail online.
While many volunteers say that through this study, they will be doing their bit to stop the pandemic, numerous questions have been raised about infecting healthy people with a virus.