UK Covid-19 vaccine trial set to infect healthy volunteers with virus

Researchers hope to begin world’s first human challenge trials at east London quarantine facility in January

Healthy volunteers in the UK could soon be deliberately infected with coronavirus in the world’s first human challenge trial to find out which Covid vaccines work.

Government-funded studies, which it is believed will be announced next week, could begin in January in London, the Financial Times has reported. Volunteers exposed to Covid-19 would be closely monitored in strict quarantine for as long as a month.

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