By Mariana Bego
Members of the Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccine study group recently released a short correspondence in the New England Journal of Medicine, highlighting the persistent antibody response after the first six months of receiving the second dose of this vaccine. High levels of antibody activity were observed in all age groups (18 to 55, 56 to 70, and over 71 years of age). Neutralizing antibodies were detected in all 33 participants but were lower in participants over the age of 55. Ongoing studies continue to monitor immune responses over time and are in the process of studying the effect of a booster dose to extend the duration and breadth of the immune response against emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants.
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