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Volunteers willing to be infected with COVID-19 for vaccine advancement

Posted at 6:46 AM, Jul 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-04 09:46:29-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- At least one San Diego woman is a part of thousands who've volunteered to participate in a human challenge trial to find a vaccine for COVID-19.

April Simpkins is a healthy 29-year-old. Simpkins said she felt helpless watching as the pandemic spread around the world, until she heard about 1 Day Sooner while listening to a podcast.

1 Day Sooner is an organization that advocates for volunteers willing to participate in a human challenge trial. The trial means being infected with COVID-19 in hopes of speeding up the process for a vaccine. The trial is restricted to young and healthy people.

So far, there is no plan for any human challenge trials to fight COVID-19, but over 30,000 thousand people, from over 140 countries, have signed up to volunteer. The hope is to have the list of volunteers ready, if and when such a trial is approved.

The trial would still require approval from a type of medical ethics board and from the Food and Drug Administration.

To find out more about 1 Day Sooner click here.