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The world eagerly awaits a coronavirus vaccine, and labs are racing to develop one. Some have now reached the stage of human trials and are looking for volunteers. So what's it like to be part of a vaccine trial? I remember very clearly my first medical trial. It was in Oxford where I was going to receive an experimental vaccine against bird flu. This was in 2006 and at the time H5N1 avian flu was a big deal. It was a deadly virus, killing half of those it infected. That would make it perhaps 50 times more lethal than Covid-19. So there was a need for a vaccine, and the Oxford Vaccine Group was to conduct a trial of healthy volunteers. I didn't hesitate about sticking my hand up, or rathe... Full story

30 May