We are Abie Rohrig, Gavriel Kleinwaks, and Wilson Wilson, and we are volunteers to be deliberately exposed to COVID-19 if it can speed up vaccine development.
We are Abie Rohrig (20), Wilson Wilson (20), and Gavriel Kleinwaks (23), and we are willing to be infected with COVID-19 in a vaccine challenge trial if it can speed up the creation of a vaccine.
In typical vaccine trials, volunteers are given either a vaccine or a placebo and then live their lives as normal before doctors measure their rates of infection. With social distancing, it could take up to a year for enough volunteers to be infected such that scientists can figure out the efficacy of any vaccine. Alternatively, in a human challenge trial, volunteers are “challenged” with, or exposed to, a virus after being given a vaccine or placebo. Human challenge trials have a history of success.
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We'd be happy to answer any questions about the usefulness of challenge trials, their limitations, and why we are willing to take on this risk.