Meet Deepak Paliwal, a man who risked his life to help Oxford experts develop the Covid-19 vaccine

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At a time when the world is grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, a British citizen of Indian descent has decided to do his part and contribute to the development of the Covid-19 vaccine. Deepak Paliwal did not feel inhibited or thought about it before deciding to volunteer for a human trial for the coronavirus vaccine led by the University of Oxford.

In a BBC interview, Paliwal said he was still thinking about how he could contribute to the global fight against the coronavirus and decided to register as a volunteer for the human trial. He thought his brain was of no use, but his body could certainly help.

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Paliwal said he was informed of the trial on April 16 and went to one of the five centers in London for his preliminary examination and screening on April 26. His wife did not support his decision at first. He said he only informed his close friends and his wife of his decision.

Paliwal said his friends had played a huge role in supporting him. During the trial, he was informed of the various dangers he could face, the possibility of his fall or an organic insufficiency. He even read a report on a volunteer who died during the trial. But all this could discourage Paliwal in its determination.

Deepak Paliwal, 42, is from Jaipur, Rajasthan and lives with his wife in London, UK. After his trial was successful, his brave and courageous decision was greeted by his family, but his wife vowed never to let him experience anything similar.

Meanwhile, experts from the University of Oxford continue to test thousands of volunteers to quickly arrive at a Covid-19 vaccine.

Paliwal and many others like him steer the effort of researchers and scientists in a direction that is one step closer to a potential antidote to deadly contagion. Since its epidemic in the Chinese city of Wuhan last year, Covid-19 has infected more than 12 million people worldwide while more than 5 lakh people worldwide have lost their fight against infection until this day.

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