Sunday, 23 January, 2022

Topic: antibodies

Full results of Delhi’s 6th serosurvey out — antibodies among 81.7% children over 5 by Oct 2021

Team from Maulana Azad Medical College collected blood samples from 27,811 participants in Delhi between 24 September & 14 October 2021. Report on findings shared with govt earlier.

80% Covid immunity lost in 6 months in some after second Pfizer vaccine dose, US study finds

The yet-to-be published study, by Case Western Reserve University and Brown University, studied blood samples of 120 nursing home residents and 92 health care workers.

Antibody cocktail, given to Trump, could reduce hospitalisation in high-risk Covid patients: Study

REGEN-COV received emergency use authorisation from US FDA. It is meant to treat mild-to-moderate Covid patients who aren't on oxygen support but who may be at risk of severe disease.

Monoclonal antibodies, the non-vaccines that promise to boost Covid immunity

Vaccines often require boosters, but they aren’t our only option & in some cases may not even be our best. Fortunately, there’s another promising option: monoclonal antibody treatment.

Half of India’s population could have antibodies against Covid, Credit Suisse estimates

According to Neelkanth Mishra, a top official at Credit Suisse, many districts could have herd immunity. However he noted this was just a hypothesis and an actual sero survey should follow.

Immunity lasts at least 1 year for recovered Covid patients, study of bone marrow shows

A US study looked at bone marrow of recovered Covid patients and found plasma cells that can specifically recognise the spike protein of the coronavirus, upto 11 months after infection.

The coronavirus is mutating, but so are our antibodies

Several studies have compared the difference between antibodies produced after Covid and those that can be detected six months later. The findings are impressive.

Covid vaccine-induced antibodies less effective against some coronavirus variants, study finds

A study published in the Cell noted that the neutralising antibodies work by binding tightly to the virus and blocking it from entering cells, thus preventing infection.

What are Covid antibody titer tests and why they are important during vaccination drive

Antibody titer tests help determine the efficacy of a vaccine by analysing the levels of antibodies present in the blood.

Monoclonal antibody treatment, given to Trump, fails against Covid variants — Guardian report

Monoclonal antibodies are man-made proteins made to mimic the body’s immune response to a pathogen. The mutant strains are found to throw off these antibodies.

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Demonstrators attempt to enter the US Capitol building during a protest in Washington, D.C., U.S., on 6 January 2021 | Eric Lee | Bloomberg

Texas attack shows a long, violent struggle for America’s soul is inevitable

The shock of Covid 19—both economic and cultural—has strengthened the maniacal conspiracy culture with which the American Right is suffused.
A visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin alongside US dollars | Photo: Dan Kitwood | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Joe Biden administration set to put itself at centre of US cryptocurrency policy

An executive order is being drafted which will soon set in place a govt strategy empowering US federal agencies to assess risks and opportunities posed by the digital assets.


German Navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach | Twitter: @chiefdeunavy

China ‘not that nice country’, giving money to dictators & killers: German Navy chief in India

Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach later issued a clarification, saying comments were his 'personal view' and not German defence ministry's, and expressing them was a 'mistake'.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.