A U.K. laboratory studying the coronavirus pandemic is looking for 24 volunteers to inject with the virus as part of a program dubbed FluCamp.
The Queen Mary BioEnterprises Innovation Centre in London is offering to pay human lab rats £3,500 (about $4,500) for their time and trouble.
The research company, Hvivo, is attempting to develop a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus, which has killed about 3,800 people worldwide, as of Tuesday afternoon.
Interested guinea pigs will undergo a battery of tests before being selected. They will then be injected with two of the virus' weaker strains, 0C43 and 229E. Patients can expect to suffer respiratory symptoms before being given new or existing vaccines to treat the disease.
Doctors studying and treating the patients will be outfitted in protective clothing to prevent the spread of the infection. They will be charged with analyzing the patients' symptoms and responses to the vaccines. The lab says results will help researchers find the most effective treatments and fast-track them to the marketplace.
Participants infected with the disease will have to stay in quarantine for two weeks, eat a restricted diet and avoid human contact and exercise.
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