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Sputnik-V Covid-19 vaccine trial shows 'encouraging' results
Sputnik-V Covid-19 vaccine trial shows 'encouraging' results
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The "Sputnik-V" Covid-19 vaccine produced a neutralising antibody response in all 76 participants, according to data published Friday in the medical journal The Lancet. The vaccine often caused mild side effects such as fever.

Experts have claimed the sample size of the Russian study was small and urged for more research on the elderly.

The Brazilian institute Tecpar announced plans to conduct the phase III trials on 10,000 volunteers at the start of next year.

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Spanish Covid-19 antibodies study adds evidence against herd immunity
Spanish Covid-19 antibodies study adds evidence against herd immunity
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A Spanish large-scale study on the coronavirus indicates just 5% of the country's population has developed antibodies and cast doubt on the feasibility of herd immunity as a strategy to tackle Covid-19. The study was published Monday on the medical journal The Lancet.

Herd immunity is achieved when 70% to 90% of a population was either infected with a virus or bacteria or vaccinated, to stop its circulation.

In the report, the authors say: "Despite the high impact of COVID-19 in Spain, prevalence estimates remain low and are clearly insufficient to provide herd immunity. This cannot be achieved without accepting the collateral damage of many deaths in the susceptible population and overburdening of health systems. In this situation, social distance measures and efforts to identify and isolate new cases and their contacts are imperative for future epidemic control."

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Study suggest that a single-payer healthcare system could save $450 Billion and prevent 68,000 deaths per year in the US

A new study, published by the medical journal The Lancet, concludes that a unified single-payer healthcare system would enable the US - currently being the country with the highest expenses per person worldwide - to save money and lives. Currently, around 78 million Americans have no insurance or "inadequate access to healthcare".
In addition to saving around $450 Billion annually, around or more than 68,000 deaths per year could be prevented according to the conclusion of the study.