Posts published by our team from May 11- May 17, 2020:
May 11- Sidebar: The Facts on Vax
Our author Deanna takes you through how vaccines work, the principles behind different types of vaccines and the types of vaccines being developed against SARS-CoV2
Manolya investigates a paper published before the COVID19 outbreak. This paper talks about a mechanism called ADE through which neutralizing antibodies for one type of coronavirus may end up increasing viral entry of a closely related coronavirus into cells. She talks about the findings of the paper and implications for SARS-CoV-2 vaccine development and antibody therapy.
Our author Annoj takes you through a study showing that an antibody made to target SARS (the virus that caused the 2003 epidemic) may also be cross-reactive for SARS-CoV-2. While the therapeutic value of this particular antibody is unknown, research into cross-reactive antibodies could help with the development of antibody therapies in the future.