The lung disease that the virus causes in some cases is called Covid-19 and it mainly affects the elderly. A large proportion of the deceased patients were elderly. The experiment will start next month with healthy volunteers. The UK government, which is investing 33.6 million pounds (38.6 million euros) in the project, has said they are being exposed to the virus in a “safe and controlled environment”.
The research should provide insight into the number of virus particles needed to infect a person. The researchers also hope to obtain more information about how the immune system reacts to corona infection and the factors that play a role in the spread of the virus. For example, it looks at how infected people spread virus particles.
The government says vaccines under development may be given to volunteers at a later time, who will then be exposed to the virus. This makes it possible to determine which products are most effective. Then the development of these vaccines can be accelerated.
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