14.2 C
Madrid
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

UK Planning To Test COVID-19 Vaccines On Volunteers From January 2021

Volunteers will be deliberately infected by COVID-19 virus to test the effectiveness of the vaccine

Must read

Chhalaang Trailer Out

INDIA. The trailer of the eagerly-awaited Chhalaang is out. Directed by Hansal Mehta, the film is a Luv Films production and is...

Student Starts Her Own Business In Response To The Pandemic

KENYA. Nairobi: According to Trading Economics, Kenya's unemployment rate rose to 10.4% in the second quarter of this...

Virgin Coconut Oil Treatment Proves Effective In COVID-19 Trials

The human clinical trial started in August 2020 on COVID-19 patients with mild cases. The 56 patients recovered 100% after the virgin coconut oil treatment. Hence, they all went home before they completed the treatment period (14 days).

Is Keto Diet Good For Your Body?

INDIA. Ketogenic diet (popularly known as keto diet) is a low carbohydrate, moderate protein and high fat diet. It...
Ishita Chakraborty
Ishita Chakraborty
A computer engineer who has a passion for writing, a hodophile, social activist, youth activist for PETA India, and a linguaphile. A journalist covering Social issues & United Nations initiatives for transcontinental times.

UNITED KINGDOM. United Kingdom is going to be the first nation to test the COVID-19 vaccine on humans. Around 2,000 people have volunteered to be a part of the COVID-19 vaccine trial. The ‘COVID-19 human challenge trials’ will start in January 2021.

COVID-19 human challenge trials

The qualified volunteers will be injected with an experimental vaccine. However, before that, they will be given a dose of SARS-COV-2 virus under controlled conditions. The main aim is to study the effectiveness of the vaccine. COVID-19 is caused due to the SARS-COV-2 virus. However, the UK government has not named the vaccines that will be used in this project.

- Advertisement -

Previously, this method was used to find vaccines and develop treatments for cholera, typhoid and malaria. The vaccine trials will use the antiviral drug Remdesivir to prevent serious illness in participants.

Read also: Frontline Workers In UAE Gain Access To Trial Vaccine For COVID-19

- Advertisement -

However, the COVID-19 vaccine trial will require the approval of the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

MHRA and an independent research ethics committee will decide on the implementation of the trial and look after safety and protocols. In an open statement, MHRA said that the human challenge trials can be very helpful for the development of vaccines.

Involvement of partners with the UK government for the trial

- Advertisement -

1Day sooner, a US-based advocacy group are campaigning for the COVID-19 vaccine trials. According to the reports, this group has started a petition to seek funds from the British Parliament to build a containment facility. This containment zone will have the capacity to quarantine 100 to 200 participants in a single time.

Meanwhile, French firm Sanofi and British drugmaker AstraZeneca, has denied the reports of their involvement with the programme.

The UK government is reportedly working with its partners on the potential for human challenge trials. However, the government is yet to come up with a specific plan.

In an open statement, a UK government spokeswoman said, “We are working with partners to understand how we might collaborate on the potential development of a COVID-19 vaccine through human challenge studies. These discussions are part of our work to research ways of treating, limiting and hopefully preventing the virus so we can end the pandemic sooner.

More articles

Latest article

Mantra Healing Through Gayatri Worship

INDIA. The current ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resultant lockdowns have brought special significance to the chanting of the Gayatri Mantra. The sense...

Controversial Jewelry Advertisement Sparks Protests In India

INDIA. Imagine the year is 1947, the year of partition with Hindus and Muslims killing each other. An advertisement during that era...

Nigerian University Begins Research On Ethnobotanical Cure For COVID-19

NIGERIA. Niger State: Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai (IBBUL), a tertiary institution in Nigeria has started their research on an ethnobotanical cure for ...

Four Pupils Held Over The Beheading Of A French Teacher

FRANCE. Paris: Thousands of people rallied across Paris and in other parts of France on Monday. The protests were against the beheading...

Health and Hygiene Prioritized In Current Pandemic Travel Climate

INDIA. New Delhi: Consecutive waves of COVID-19 are accelerating and deepening around the world. In fact, reports now are coming in about...