In the United Kingdom, they will infect citizens with the corona virus on purpose. That sounds very strange, because they are just as good at vaccinating. But they don’t just infect those people; it is for re-examination.
The UK is the first country in the world to do so. The research must show what the virus causes to a person. This concerns a maximum of ninety volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30. The trial will start next month with the healthy volunteers. They are being exposed to the virus in a “safe and controlled environment,” reports the UK government, which is investing 33.6 million pounds (38.6 million euros) in the project.
The research must provide insight into how many virus particles are needed to infect someone. Researchers also hope to gain more insight into how the immune system reacts to a corona infection and which factors play a role in the spread of the virus. For example, they watch how infected people spread virus particles.
The government says that at a later date, vaccines under development may also be administered to volunteers who are then exposed to the virus. This makes it possible to determine which products are most effective. The development of those vaccines could then be accelerated.
15 million people vaccinated against coronavirus
More than 15 million people in the United Kingdom have already been vaccinated against the corona virus. More than 530,000 people have even had the second injection, and are therefore fully protected. The order of vaccination with our neighbors is roughly the same as ours. For example, first employees of nursing homes were injected, then people over 80 and ‘frontline’ care workers. These are healthcare workers who are in direct contact with corona patients.
The UK is now one of the countries where the most people are vaccinated, based on percentages of the total population. Israel is still in the lead, 78.09 percent of the population is vaccinated against the corona virus. Then the United Arab Emirates with 52.56 percent followed by the UK with 23.75 percent.
From 0.8 to 3.64 percent vaccinated
And how are things now going with us? For a while we were almost at the bottom of the list, with only Bulgaria below us. This was because we were one of the last EU countries to start vaccinating against the corona virus. Figures from Our World in Data show that we have already made some progress. We are just below Belgium, France and the Czech Republic. 3.64 percent of the population has now been vaccinated.
That doesn’t seem like much, especially compared to Israel and the United Kingdom. But we are catching up. At the end of January, only 0.8 percent of the Dutch population had been vaccinated.
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– Our World in Data (@OurWorldInData) February 17, 2021
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