Wageningen virologist as a guinea pig

Jelke Fros was the first test subject to be inoculated with a new corona vaccine this week.
Photo: Jelke Fros

The vaccine, which is currently entering the testing stage, has been developed by a Danish company from a consortium in which WUR partakes. Within this consortium, WUR develops a backup vaccine in case the Danish vaccine is insufficiently effective..

Virologist Fros signed up as a testing subject and was inoculated in Nijmegen amid great interest from two Danish television crews. Two days later, he feels fine. ‘I feel nothing, and that is precisely the intent, as I received a low dose of the vaccine to see if it has any side effects. In two weeks, I will be tested to see if the vaccine works. In other words, whether my body has produced antibodies against the virus.’

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