Doctors warn halting of non-COVID healthcare will cause preventable deaths

As the coronavirus outbreak swept the UK in March, the majority of NHS services were branded as non-essential, and immediately closed. Elena Liciu discusses fears that such poor healthcare provision and strong state deterrence against seeking medical help will trigger an increase in preventable non-COVID related deaths.

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Challenge trials and tribulations- what’s next in the race to a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine?

‘Challenge trials’, where healthy volunteers are infected with a virus, are a mainstream tool in approaching vaccine development for diseases. However, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) guidance on using challenge trials for the development of a Covid-19 vaccine has been received with some controversy, principally due to the lack of available knowledge on the virus.

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