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More than 14,000 people in the U.S. and elsewhere are volunteering for what’s called a “human challenge trial,” a method of vaccine testing that would deliberately infect people with the coronavirus as a means of accelerating development.

“It’s not every day we give a healthy individual an exposure to a pathogen — the very same thing doctors are trying to protect people from,” said Dr. Nir Eyal, director of the Center for Population-Level Bioethics at Rutgers University. “But it becomes increasingly clear [that] the only sustainable exit from the current health and societal crisis is a vaccine, and there are ways to conduct such a trial that are perfectly ethical.”

The Food and Drug Administration has never allowed a human challenge trial for such a novel disease without a cure, but it is not ruling one out.

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