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Why we infected healthy people with COVID

Infecting healthy people with COVID

Event schedule details

Sunday 19 June

14.30-15.30

Event location details

G16 Sir Alexander Fleming Building

Imperial College London

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers from Imperial infected 36 healthy people with COVID-19. Find out why, how they made it safe, and what they learnt.

The world’s first human COVID-19 human challenge study was set up by Imperial College to help improve our understanding of COVID-19 infection and develop a platform for testing new vaccines and treatments in the future.

In this session we hear from those who administered the COVID-19 virus to healthy participants in the trial, as well as the trialists themselves about their experience. From their reflections and recollections, you will get a chance to see how science actually worked during the height of the pandemic, and how ethical approval is sought for a study that posed risks to people’s physical and mental heath.

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Infecting healthy people with COVID