There have already been several cases in recent weeks in which researchers have tested corona vaccines developed by them on themselves. Such self-experimentation urgently needed to be regulated, claim scientists from the USA and denmark.
This form of research raises many legal and ethnic questions, they explain in the specialist magazine "science. If these were not addressed, people’s confidence in the development of safe corona vaccines could be compromised.
According to several scientists in the USA, they have already tested self-mixed corona vaccine candidates on their own bodies. There are similar reports from russia and china, among others.
The urge to do so could arise from the mistaken belief that self-experimentation was not subject to time-consuming checks and regularities, write researchers led by christi guerrini of the baylor college of medicine in the texas metropolis of houston. But this is factually and legally wrong. The U.S. Food and drug administration (FDA) needs to clarify its rules and authority on this issue. Otherwise, it is feared that in a highly politicized pandemic characterized by vaccine skepticism, people’s trust in any vaccine, however developed, will be undermined.
One of the recent headlines was made by the rapid deployment vaccine collaborative (radvac), whose supporters include george church, a scientist at the elite university of harvard. Scientists say they have developed a peptide vaccine to be injected into the nose. Around 30 people had already tested the drug on themselves, said the researcher involved, preston estep, in an interview with the "new york times".
Russian scientist alexander ginzburg had also declared that he had himself vaccinated with the vaccine candidate "sputnik V" – and that he is now, several months later, still doing well, he said recently, according to the russian state agency ria nowosti. Ginzburg is the director of the gamaleja research center in moscow, which developed the world’s first vaccine against corona to be released for widespread use in the general population.
Several employees of the institute had injected themselves with the new serum at an early stage. Ginzburg did not give an exact number, speaking only of a "rough circle of colleagues". "Of course, researchers very often test drugs on themselves. And not only on themselves, but also on their own relatives and so on, to make sure of the quality of the product they are administering," he said. Normally no one talks about it.
Researchers trying out vaccines on themselves has happened time and again in history. The u.S. Scientist jonas salk, for example, who in the middle of the 20th century. The first effective vaccine against childhood lameness was developed at the beginning of the twentieth century, first tested on himself and members of his family.
According to the world health organization (WHO), almost 200 projects worldwide are currently searching for suitable vaccines to protect against corona. Experts don’t expect suitable vaccines to be widely available until next year.