By Luke Milsom
Marcus Dahl (OURFC Touch) decided that getting infected once with Covid, just wasn’t enough to really get the full experience — and so he managed to convince some doctors to re-infect him… for science… and in Marcus’s case, charity.
As the man himself says:
“Today (16 July), I have entered isolation as a participant in Oxford’s world-first coronavirus reinfection challenge trial. I will isolate for 4 days at home and then for at least 17 days in hospital, where my immune system will be studied after being given a dose of live Covid-19. On my discharge from quarantine in 3 weeks, I will receive £2,000 ($3,700 Aussies) of compensation money which I will donate fully to this UNICEF-COVAX Vaccinaid fundraiser.
But by that time, I am hoping that my donation is the cherry on top of a great fundraiser that brings together family, friends, and friends of friends. The WHO estimates that the total delivery cost of delivering each vaccine dose in the COVAX scheme is only £1.20. So, I am asking my family and friends to aim up with me and do something cool. In the 3 weeks I’m in isolation, let’s fund the delivery of 5,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to where they are needed the most.
You can read about COVAX here: https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/covax.
Members of the public, through the Vaccinaid campaign, have already raised over £5mn for this cause: https://www.vaccinaid.org/about-us; https://www.vaccinaid.org/unicef.
For more information about the challenge trial, you can read here: https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2021-04-19-human-challenge-trial-launches-study-immune-response-covid-19.”
Link to the fundraiser: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/marcus-3-week-isolation-challenge/backers#start