U.S. Creating A COVID Strain For Human Trials
US SCIENTISTS ARE CREATING A CORONAVIRUS STRAIN TO BE USED IN HUMAN CHALLENGE TRIALS AS A POSSIBLE “PLAN D” IN COVID-19 VACCINE RESEARCH
(CNN) – There’s a lot of talk about the development of a COVID-19 vaccine and how soon one will be ready.
Drug companies including Moderna, Novavax, and Pfizer are racing to come up with a successful vaccine.
Now, U.S. scientists say they are working on a coronavirus strain to be used in human challenge trials.
It’s controversial because that would mean infecting healthy volunteers with a live version of the virus, which is unethical to some people.
The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, calls this type of trial “Plan D.”
Fauci says human challenge trials are typically used when a virus is not widely circulating and right now, the coronavirus is surging so the approach may not be necessary.
Doctor Fauci says if needed, human challenge trials wouldn’t begin for a few months.