On Tuesday, a group of British scientists from Imperial College London (ICL) announced their intention to study the mechanism of coronavirus infection on volunteers as part of the Human Challenge project. Its goal is to "contain the spread of the coronavirus, mitigate its manifestation and reduce mortality."
At the initial stage, for the first time in the world, researchers will be engaged in artificial infection with coronavirus in healthy volunteers aged 18 to 35 years. The main requirement for them is the absence of chronic diseases.
The infection will be carried out through the nose. Further, according to Professor of Experimental Medicine Peter Openshaw, scientists have to figure out what is the smallest number of particles of coronavirus required for infection, as well as find out exactly what happens in the body at each stage of the disease.
According to the research group, the experiment starts in 2021. In addition to ICL, the UK government, a private medical company and a clinic will participate in the program.