Volunteers to get GHC25,138.32 to be infected with coronavirus in order to find vaccine

Volunteers to get GHC25,138.32 to be infected with coronavirus in order to find vaccine

- Scientists have revealed that they would infect volunteers with a strain of the deadly coronavirus for £3,500

- Up to 24 people would be paid at a go, to be infected with a less harmful form of Covid-19 at a lab

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Information reaching YEN.com.gh has stated that scientists have revealed that they would infect volunteers with a strain of the deadly coronavirus bug for £3,500 (GHC25,138.32).

According to a report by thesun.co.uk, up to 24 people would be paid at a go, to be infected with a less harmful form of Covid-19 at a lab in East London.

This, according to the report, forms part of a global experiment where the participants would be regularly monitored by doctors in protective gear while in quarantine for 14 days.

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Experts firmly believe that the initiative will aid them come up with a vaccine that could be used to protect the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

The report further revealed that testing would begin once Hvivo, the company that runs the quarantine unit at the Queen Mary BioEnterprises Innovation Centre in Whitechapel, has secured permission from the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Scientists will infect participants with two common strains of coronavirus - 0C43 and 229E - which cause mild respiratory illness.

Professor John Oxford, an expert in virology at the Queen Mary University of London, said volunteers would feel the symptoms of a cough or cold, which would model those of Covid-19.

They will be screened to ensure they don't already have antibodies against coronavirus..

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In other news, the Ministry of Health has confirmed another fresh case of coronavirus in Nigeria, bringing the number of established cases to two since the outbreak of the life-threatening infection in the country.

The health ministry made the shocking confirmation on Monday morning, March 2, 2020, in a statement on the verified Twitter page of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

According to the ministry, the second case is a "contact of the index case" in Ogun state which was confirmed after testing positive to the virus from quarantine centre.

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