Under 30s can get paid £5,000 to be reinfected with coronavirus

Oxford University to reinfect recovered Covid-19 patients to develop better vaccines

United Kingdom researchers are set to purposely re-infect a cohort of recovered COVID-19 patients in order to study how the immune system responds to a second encounter with SARS-CoV-2. They will be re-exposed to the virus in a safe and monitored environment, while a team of researchers keeps track of their progress in fighting it. In a custom-built quarantine facility they will be exposed to low doses of the virus in order to find the minimum dose that leads to viral replication regardless of symptoms. In the second part, likely to start this summer, participants will be infected with the dose of virus as established in the first phase.

"They will significantly improve our understanding of the dynamics of virus infection and of the immune response as well as provide valuable information to help with the ongoing design of vaccines and the development of anti-viral therapies".

They will then infect them with the dose of virus chosen from the first study and measure how much virus we can detect after infection.

The observational study, published in the Lancet involving US Marine Corps members mostly aged 18-20, showed that between May and November 2020, around 10% of participants who had previously caught coronavirus became re-infected.

The study launched on Monday differs from the one announced in February as it seeks to reinfect people who have previously had Covid-19 in an effort to deepen understanding about immunity, rather than infecting people for the first time.

"Challenge studies tell us things that other studies can not because, unlike natural infection, they are tightly controlled".

"When we re-infect these participants, we will know exactly how their immune system has reacted to the first COVID infection, exactly when the second infection occurs, and exactly how much virus they got", McShane said.

Prof McShane virus used in the study will be the original strain from Wuhan, China, "because that is the strain that we have most clinical, immunological (and) virological data on" but added discussions are under way to include one of the new coronavirus variants.

Pregnant women in United Kingdom told to have Pfizer or Moderna vaccines
According to Bancel, Moderna is working to have a vaccine that could potentially protect against COVID and the seasonal flu. There were 32 cases of severe COVID-19 illness notes in the report, all of which were in the placebo group.

They will undergo numerous medical tests including CT scans of the lungs and MRI scans of the heart.

On the other hand, the second phase of the trial will explore two different areas.

Participants who experience symptoms will receive the Regeneron antibody treatment, and all participants will be released from the hospital when they are no longer infectious.

The research will last for a total of 12 months, with eight follow-up appointments following discharge.

Meanwhile, critics of the human challenge trials have pointed out the ethical dangers of infecting people without being sure of its long-term consequences.

The findings could "inform not just vaccine development but also research into the range of effective treatments that are also urgently needed".

Nurses treat a COVID-19 patient in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) at Milton Keynes University Hospital, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Milton Keynes, Britain, Jan 20, 2021.

Related News:



Most liked

Chad Army Spokesman Says President Idriss Deby Dead at 68
The French presidency praised Deby fulsomely and affirmed its support for Chad's stability and territorial integrity. Chad is an oil-rich African nation that has become a key regional ally of the West in the fight against militants.

Three days of COVID-19 data this afternoon at 2pm
In their last update, given Monday , Henry and Dix announced 2,960 more people tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. She says the child lived in Fraser Health and was receiving treatment at B.C.

US Prosecutor: 'Red Flag' Law Not Used for FedEx Shooter
They said they were not aware of Hole's reason for leaving employment or whether he had tied with any other employee. If a judge were to rule that someone was unfit to own guns, the seizure would stand only for up to a year.

Putin foe Navalny sent to prison hospital amid hunger strike
Navalny was in prison, the guards tormented him, waking him loudly every hour through the night so he could not sleep. On Tuesday morning the team was once again barred from seeing him, but was told to try again later in the day.

COVID-19 restrictions extended by five weeks, additional measures added
Meanwhile, at the end of this week, BC Ferries will stop accepting bookings for recreational vehicles like campers and trailers. With the new restrictions, signs are being placed along the Alberta-B.C. border discouraging travel into the province.

Federal government to send health-care workers to Ontario, Trudeau says
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called on the Premiers of Atlantic Canada to help Ontario fight their third wave of COVID-19. Ottawa will cover the transport costs and coordinate the transfer of caregivers from different provinces to Ontario, he said.

Maxine Waters attends protest over police killing of Daunte Wright
Waters is wrong for encouraging confrontation and violence in a situation that requires the exact opposite of our leaders. According to The Hill , In a statement on Sunday, Green said she will "be introducing a resolution to expel Rep.

British PM Johnson cancels visit to India, will hold virtual meet (ld)
British nationals now in the countries on the red list should make use of the commercial options available if they wish to return to England.

NASA Ingenuity completes autonomous flight on Mars
NASA originally meant to fly Ingenuity on April 11th, but delayed the flight to fix a software issue with its command sequence. You're watching video of the #MarsHelicopter's first flight - a true "Wright brothers" moment.

Joe Biden Now Describes Migrant Rush on the Border as a ‘Crisis’
Psaki said on Friday Biden's "initial goal of 62,500 seems unlikely.given the decimated refugee admissions program we inherited". Biden sent a plan to Congress, as required by law, two months ago to raise the refugee ceiling to 62,500.

Czechs expel 18 Russian diplomats, seek Skripal suspects over 2014 blast
Information from the security services, he added, "will certainly be the basis for deciding who will be invited to the tender". It was followed months later by another big blast at a nearby warehouse with 98 tonnes of ammunition.

COVID-19 death toll nears 3 million as India cases surge
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced Friday the country will begin easing some of its stricter COVID-19 restrictions April 26.

Iran Starts Enriching Uranium to 60%, Its Highest Level Ever
The man Tehran accuses of being behind the recent explosion at its main Natanz nuclear plant has been named by Iranian state TV. Iran has said its decision to increase enrichment to its highest level ever was in response to sabotage at Natanz.

New contagious virus in India, spreading to other countries
Dr Anthony Costello, a member of Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, said: "This is a disaster". In India , Covid-19 rates are soaring, with more than 13.9 million confirmed cases and 172,000 deaths.

Indianapolis mayor calls for national action on gun laws after FedEx shooting
A man told WTTV that his niece was sitting in the driver's seat of her auto when the gunfire erupted , and she was wounded. The slayings on Thursday night (Friday NZT) marked the latest in a string of recent mass shootings to rock the US.