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Yamanaka on COVID-19

Antibody tests show pandemic is far from over

Few have acquired antibodies, with most still susceptible to infection

Nobel Prize winner Shinya Yamanaka says antibody test results are a reminder of the challenges facing both governments and healthcare professionals responding to the coronavirus. (Source photo by Getty Images/Atsushi Ooka)

KYOTO -- As new coronavirus infections continue to set new daily highs, antibody tests show that a vast swath of the global population is yet to acquire antibodies to the virus, a reminder of the challenges facing both governments and healthcare professionals.

In a survey of 61,075 people in Spain, one of the largest epicenters of the early coronavirus outbreak, only 5.0% of the participants were found to have antibodies in a rapid test, and 4.6% in a more detailed one.

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