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£2.8 million for new landmark study to protect at-risk individuals against COVID-19, UK Covid Vaccine Research Hub

UK Covid Vaccine Research Hub
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The Government has awarded £2.8 million to a new study that will focus on how to protect people with weakened immune systems against COVID-19.

COVID-19 has disproportionately affected people with health conditions that affect their immune system or make them less likely to respond well to vaccination. These people continue to be at higher risk of hospitalisation and death from COVID-19.

Evidence suggests that antibody levels following vaccination are a good indicator of how ill someone may become if they are infected with COVID-19. However, there is substantial variation between individuals – even among people with the same health condition – resulting in much uncertainty for both patients and doctors. Shielding is not sustainable in the long term and many people are desperate to know more about their own individual risk.

This new study, called Stratification of Clinically Vulnerable People for COVID-19 Risk Using Antibody Testing (STRAVINSKY), will involve 3,000 immunocompromised participants over two years. Its aim is to establish if antibody testing can identify which people remain at greatest risk of severe COVID-19 despite being vaccinated.

Date added
Created by
Sarah Stones
Published by
Current Awareness Service for Health