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Is it ethical to infect volunteers with Covid-19 to test a vaccine?

Added 08-09-20 01:36:03am EST - “Se” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Is it ethical to infect volunteers with Covid-19 to test a vaccine?”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A crumpled blue shirt and cords, beaten-up brown lace-ups and five-day stubble – it’s the classic, bookish Oxford student uniform that makes Seán McPartlin seem an unlikely hero in the war against Covid-19.

But that’s exactly what he might become. Astonishingly, the 22-year-old philosophy postgraduate student is one of a handful of men and women who could soon be willingly infected with the virus, as part of the groundbreaking vaccine trial being proposed by scientists at Oxford University.

And, while it may sound reckless – not least because most of us have spent the past five months trying to avoid catching it – his doing so may prove a vital step in the pandemic fightback.

Seán McPartlin, from Rathoath, Co Meath in the Irish  Republic is one of 1,100 people under the age of 30 who have signed up to test the effectiveness of a coronavirus vaccine 

Seán, who heard about the trial via friends on Facebook, is one of more than 1,100 Britons, all under the age of 30, who have signed up as potential subjects – and says he gave it ‘a lot of thought’ before volunteering.

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