Illustration of a vaccine and the caduceus weighed on a scale.
Illustration of a vaccine and the caduceus weighed on a scale.
Illustration: Kate Dehler

One Man’s Quest to Infect People With Covid-19 for Science

Inside the movement to launch a human challenge trial for Covid-19

“It’s a real possibility one of us dies.”

Unlike human challenge trials previously carried out for malaria, typhoid, and cholera, no one knows how to control runaway Covid-19.

“We do accept, in research in general, that people take on some amount of risk in order to benefit others in society. The question is: How much risk is okay?”

“We shouldn’t think that as soon as we have a vaccine, that’s it, we give up doing any work. We will need to continue to study this virus.”

Writer based near Washington, D.C. Read more: www.AndrewZaleski.com or https://ajzaleski.substack.com/

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