Are you willing to be paid Sh400,000 to be infected with coronavirus in a bid to find its vaccine?

By Vincent Kejitan | Tuesday, Mar 10th 2020 at 09:07
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Scientists worldwide are working round the clock to find a vaccine for the Covid-19 that has claimed over 3000 lives.

According to the Daily Star, in East London, 24 volunteers will be paid around £3,500 to be infected by a form of the virus and shall be quarantined at the Queen Mary BioEnterprises Innovation Centre in Whitechapel.

The less serious strains of the virus are believed to cause less severe symptoms and from these laboratory tests, scientists will embark on a process of finding a vaccine.

A jab developed by the company Hvivo will then be tested.

All participants in the study will be subjected to a number of precautionary measures and doctors and nurses will be expected to wear protective clothing at all times.

However, UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency will have to agree on Hvivo's plans before this experiment can take place.

Back home, the government has reiterated that there is no confirmed case of Coronavirus in Kenya and a suspected case (now deceased) at MP Shah hospital turned negative.

Last week, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe warned the public against forwarding incorrect information regarding the coronavirus in Kenya.

Speaking during a media briefing at the Kenyatta National Hospital, the CS said it is illegal to spread such information and those found guilty will face the full force of the law.

“It is a criminal offence to forward a message which is not true. You can be arrested, fined and jailed.

“If indeed we had a problem and the government sent out a message, people would think it was not genuine,” he remarked.

“Do not forward messages unless you are absolutely sure they are from the Ministry of Health.”

Kagwe also stated that the ministry had partnered with Safaricom to ensure the public is well informed regarding the spread of the virus.

Asked about the fate of Kenyan students stuck in Wuhan, China, the CS said none of the students is unwell.

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