U.K. gets approval to infect healthy volunteers in world’s first coronavirus challenge trial
The government has said that in subsequent stages it hopes to quickly assess vaccines and conduct head-to-head comparisons.
Infecting healthy people with a potentially deadly virus — even in small doses and controlled settings — is controversial. And some in Britain have questioned whether there’s still a need, given the rapid authorization and rollout of highly effective vaccines. More than 15 million people in the United Kingdom have already received at least one “jab,” as a vaccine shot is called here.
Clive Dix, the head of Britain’s vaccine task force, said, “we have secured a number of safe and effective vaccines for the U.K., but it is essential that we continue to develop new vaccines and treatments for covid-19.
“We expect these studies to offer unique insights into how the virus works and help us understand which promising vaccines offer the best chance of preventing the infection.”
Robert Read, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Southampton, …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]