Vax trial to infect volunteers with COVID-19

The UK Government has pledged $61 million for the Human Challenge Program if regulators approve the study

The UK Government has backed 'human challenge' trials, where young and healthy volunteers are deliberately infected with COVID-19 to accelerate the development of vaccines for the disease.

The government said it would invest $61.4 million in the studies in partnership with Imperial College London, laboratory and trial services company hVIVO and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

If approved by regulators and an ethics committee, the studies would start in January with results