Coronavirus: How you could be paid £3,500 to be infected with rapidly-spreading virus

VOLUNTEERS looking for a bit of extra cash could get themselves infected with coronavirus, as scientists look to find a cure.

Monday, 9th March 2020, 2:35 pm
Updated Monday, 9th March 2020, 3:59 pm

The Queen Mary BioEnterprises Innovation Centre in London is on the hunt for 24 people who would be injected with two weakened strains of the virus – before being given a jab from Hvivo researchers.

Patients would be placed in quarantine for a fortnight while studies are carried out to test the effectiveness of the potential vaccine.

The study will need approval from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency before it can go ahead.

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The government has pledged an extra £46m in the fight against the virus.

Of the 111,465 cases of coronavirus around the world, 3,883 people have died – a total of 3.48 per cent.

Public Health England (PHE) announced on March 8 that there were eight cases of the virus in Hampshire.

One case involved a healthcare professional from University Hospital Southampton, who had worked a late shift.

They have since self-isolated at home.

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