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Challenge Studies for COVID‑19: Now Is Not the Time

Posted by nte on April 6, 2021 in In Print

Getz L, & Baylis F. (6 Apr 2021). Challenge studies for COVID-19: Now is not the time. Journal of Medical Ethics Blog

hVIVO, a for-profit clinical research organization in London, in collaboration with Imperial College London, has initiated a human challenge study in youth between the ages of 18 and 30 to determine the dose at which individuals become infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The dose-ranging study, which began in March 2021, is the first in a planned series of human challenge trials where healthy volunteers will be intentionally exposed to the novel coronavirus.

While there is some enthusiasm for this study among potential volunteers, there is reason to question the ethics of this research which involves intentionally putting youth in harms way. Read more...