12 Aug Self-Experimentation in the Time of COVID-19
Scientists are taking their own vaccines, an ethically murky practice that has a long and sometimes celebrated history in medicine.
In the history of medicine, self-experimentation has certainly been a well-recognized tradition. Jonas Salk first tested his polio vaccine on himself and his children in 1952 before giving it to strangers. Marina Voroshilova and Mikhail Chumakov, a married pair of Russian polio experts, likewise self-administered a potential vaccine in 1959 before giving their three sons sugar cubes laced with weakened poliovirus.
MIT Technology Review reports that Preston Estep cofounder of the citizen science initiative Rapid Deployment Vaccine Collaborative (RaDVac) developed a nasal coronavirus vaccine and joined at least 20 other researchers. https://lnkd.in/g6NtBQC
Similarly, the director of the Moscow-based Gamaleya Research Institute, Alexander Gintsburg, made headlines when he claimed to have tested a new COVID-19 vaccine on himself ahead of the start of human #clinicaltrials