Thousands of People Are Willing to Be Exposed to COVID-19 for Science

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Published on May 13, 2020 - Duration: 01:15s

Thousands of People Are Willing to Be Exposed to COVID-19 for Science

Thousands of People Are Willing to Be Exposed to COVID-19 for Science 1 Day Sooner is an online registry that allows people to sign up for a potential human-challenge study related to COVID-19.

To date, 16,000 people on the site have checked a box declaring, "I am interested in being exposed to the coronavirus to speed up vaccine development." Most of those who have registered for the site are young people.

Should the controlled infection study actually take place, 100 volunteers would be infected with the virus, likely by nose drop.

While controversial, bioethicists say this kind of unconventional approach to creating a vaccine for COVID-19 has merit.

Nir Eyal, Rutgers University, via CNN The World Health Organization released "key criteria for the ethical acceptability of Covid-19 human challenge studies" on May 6.

Abie Rohrig, Potential Volunteer, via CNN

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