Coronavirus: Open Orphan to restart vaccine efforts

Company will deliberately expose humans to a coronavirus in bid for Covid-19 vaccine

A coronavirus Covid-19 billboard on display at the Beacon Hospital, Sandyford, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A coronavirus Covid-19 billboard on display at the Beacon Hospital, Sandyford, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin-listed pharma services company Open Orphan is to reinitiate a project whereby humans will be deliberately infected with a coronavirus as part of efforts to develop a vaccine to Covid-19.

Open Orphan said on Monday that it would return to a project that was suspended by Hvivo, which it acquired last year, after concerns there was insufficient market demand for the product.

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