Controversial vaccine trials begin
In a bid to speed up the race to find a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, the UK government announced Tuesday morning it will be launching some controversial vaccine trials known as challenge trials.
Only people who are 18 to 30 years old and proven to be healthy will be taken as volunteers.
In a world first for COVID-19, young healthy volunteers will be vaccinated, then intentionally exposed to the potentially deadly virus in order to test vaccines in a controlled environment.
The experiment will take place in the quarantine ward of a North London hospital.
After inhaling a diluted dose of the virus, the trial participants will be closely monitored, thus enabling scientists and doctors to better understand the disease and how a vaccine can fight it.
The trials will likely begin by next spring or summer.