December 1, 2020

Bray man and leading immunologist on global race to fine Covid-19 vaccine

A Bray man and leading international immunologist has warned it could still be some time before a vaccine is found for Covid-19.

Dr David Dowling, an immunologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, said the speed of Covid-19 vaccine trials has been impressive so far.

But he warned the vaccines currently making headlines across the world are the “first wave vaccines”.

“People over the age of 70 still might not be able to get this vaccine because it might not work for them,” Dr Dowling told The Irish Times.

“People often assume that if you can vaccinate in adults you can vaccinate infants or elderly, but our immune system changes with age.

“The number one risk factor for Covid-19 is age. The second one is age. The third one is age, so over 80, over 70 and over 60.”


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