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Covid-19: Human challenge studies will see people purposefully infected with virus

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m4101 (Published 22 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4101

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Dear Editor

I do not doubt for a moment, the good intentions of the “human challenger” scientists.
But nor is there the slightest doubt that the human challenges are in this case, immoral.

Yes, we know that human challenges have long been formed in the study of viruses.
But unless the individuals subjected to the “challenge” are first apprised, in clear language, all the possible risks, the consent given by these volunteers will be meaningless.

Competing interests: A fellow human being, I regard the process immoral, unethical.

26 October 2020
JK Anand
Retired public health physician
Free spirit
Peterborough, England