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U.K. ethics panel approves risky COVID-19 study

by Kent Covington
Posted 2/17/21, 04:22 pm

Researchers in London will intentionally infect people with the novel coronavirus for the first time. The United Kingdom’s Research Ethics Committee approved the first COVID-19 human challenge study on Wednesday. Scientists are looking for young, healthy volunteers between 18 and 30 to expose to very small amounts of the original coronavirus strain for a study of transmission and immune system response. Doctors will monitor participants 24 hours a day.

How is U.S. vaccine distribution coming along? The winter weather is making it tough to distribute COVID-19 shots in some parts of the United States. The rate of vaccination has increased steadily in recent weeks, but must pick up even more if most U.S. adults are to get a shot by the end of the summer, as President Joe Biden has said he wants.

Dig deeper: Read Sophia Lee’s report on California’s troubled vaccine rollout.

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Kent Covington

Kent is a reporter and news anchor for WORLD Radio. He spent nearly two decades in Christian and news/talk radio before joining WORLD in 2012. He resides in Atlanta, Ga. Follow him on Twitter @kentcovington.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 02/17/2021 11:02 pm

    My wife and I got our first shots before the bad weather came in, and our second shots are scheduled for when the weather will have passed. Praise the Lord!  But honestly, I have not been terribly worried about covid. I know a fair number of people who have had it, quite a few in my own senior age group, and all have recovered without known complications. I know people do get really sick and some die, but I believe it's a pretty small percentage.

    I honestly think the nation would have been better off to let people make their own decisions about whether to isolate, and how much. I can't help but think a lot of the hysteria has been manufactured with some nefarious intent. By whom, I can't say, but let's just say, "the usual suspects."

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Fri, 02/19/2021 01:11 am

    OldMike, are you the suspicious type?

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 02/19/2021 04:22 pm

    Why in the world would ANYONE think I might be the "suspicious type?"  Heheheh