Would you get infected by coronavirus for $4500?
A London drug company is making that offer in an effort to help recruit “human guinea pigs” in their mission to develop a vaccine.
NYPost reports are you sick of being healthy? Would you like to experience the coronavirus firsthand?
Look no further than the Queen Mary BioEnterprises Innovation Centre in London, which is looking for 24 volunteers to inject with the dreaded coronavirus and participate in their flu camp.
They will be paid about $4,588 for their troubles.
This isn’t the latest twisted Stephen King novel. Rather, it’s an attempt by medical research and development company Hvivo to create a vaccine for the deadly disease that has killed more than 3,800 across the globe.
The human guinea pigs — who will receive a battery of tests before being selected — will be given two of the virus’ weaker strains, 0C43 and 229E, which should cause mild respiratory symptoms. They will then be given new or existing vaccines.
Doctors — who will wear protective clothing and ventilators — will analyze the patients’ responses to the vaccine, and the results will help researchers focus on the most effective treatments in order to fast-track them.
Aside from the actual downside of being sick, participants must stay in quarantine for two weeks, eat a restricted diet and avoid human contact and exercise.
The East London-based company is just one of 20 firms joining the global race to find a vaccine that could be ready by next winter, reports the Times of London.
Yahoo reports while the world tries its best to fight the recent coronavirus outbreak, model and actress Brigitte Nielsen says she’d be willing to get infected on purpose — for a price.
Nielsen joined the panel of The Talk as a guest co-host on Tuesday and weighed in on the recent news that a medical testing company in London, Hvivo, is looking to pay volunteers around $4,500 to participate in a vaccine trial that would require them to be infected with a strain of coronavirus.
“If I was in my 20s [and] feeling healthy I would definitely be a guinea pig,” said Nielsen.
She continued, “In my 20s I could need the money and I feel like if you’ve gotta get infected, do it when you’re overlooked by doctors.”
Panelist Marie Osmond echoed Nielsen’s sentiment.
“I would have in my 20s,” she said. “I would do that just to help other people, I would.”
Viewers headed to Twitter to weigh in on Nielsen and Osmond’s willingness to take one for the team, with some saying they didn’t exactly feel the same way:
— Noel E Wilson (@NoelEWilson1) March 10, 2020
I will never make you do this to get money from PULTE!https://t.co/lzLh3mclNk
— Bill Pulte (@pulte) March 10, 2020