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Human challenge studies of COVID-19

Experts from the NHS, academia and the private sector are joining forces with the government to explore and establish human challenge trials in the UK to speed up the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In human challenge studies, a vaccine candidate that has proven to be safe in initial trials is given to a small number of carefully selected healthy adult volunteers who are then exposed to the virus in a safe and controlled environment. Medics and scientists then closely monitor the effect on volunteers to see exactly how the vaccine works and to identify any side effects. More….