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U.K. Preparing COVID-19 Vaccine Trials That Deliberately Infect Study Subjects – NPR

Proponents say that such controversial “human challenge” studies can speed up vaccine development. But others cite ethical concerns.

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A syringe at the Royal Free Hospital, north London, shown as part of a vaccine trial.
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Researchers in Britain are preparing to start a controversial COVID-19 “human challenge” study in which dozens of healthy volunteers will be exposed to live coronavirus in an effort to speed up vaccine development.
The Human Challenge Programme will be conducted by Imperial College London, which said Tuesday in a statement that it would be working in coo…

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