Kate Garraway was seen casting doubt over a ‘risky’ new coronavirus trial that will see volunteers directly injected with a dose of Covid-19.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday, Kate was seen discussing the upcoming trial with co-host Ranvir Singh and Dr Amir Khan.
It’s being put in place by Oxford University and the trial requires healthy volunteers aged 18-30 to take part, where they will be directly injected with coronavirus and monitored, in order for researchers to learn more about the infection.
The trial is still yet to go through an ethics committee, with Ranvir describing it as a ‘fast track way to see what Covid does to the body’.
Dr Khan said such a trial would be ‘fascinating from a medical point of view, but a concerned Kate – who’s husband Derek Draper has spent six months in hospital battling coronavirus and complications that have followed – was quick to highlight that things could easily go wrong.
‘It’s a disease we don’t fully understand, though, they could be watching you very carefully but suddenly you’re one of those unfortunate people who develop symptoms that we still don’t have a cure for,’ she said.
Dr Khan agreed with Kate and said that trial volunteers could still suffer from complications from the virus.
‘Things could go wrong,’ he revealed. ‘It’s going to be very brave volunteers that go for it. This is what trials are all about and there’s always a risk.’
Kate and Ranvir also spoke with Tim Eason, a volunteer in ongoing Covid-19 vaccine trials.
He shared his experience of taking part in the vaccine trial and said: ‘I certainly wasn’t nervous… it was a very thorough process. The [medical staff] are absolutely taking no chances at all.’
‘They check you over and over again,’ he stressed, before revealing he is set to have his second injection in three weeks time.
‘In the mean time, I have a little kit of tests and test swabs and an emergency contact number if I develop any Covid symptoms. I’m very confident that I will get top class care should I develop Covid symptoms,’ Tim said.
Research into a vaccine and treatment of coronavirus is ongoing as cases of Covid-19 are on the rise across the UK.
There are currently over 760,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, with the number of deaths now nearing 44,000.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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