HealthDay Reports: People Mount Strong Immune Responses to Coronavirus, Boding Well for a Vaccine
Researchers looked at the immune T-cell counts in 20 patients who recovered from COVID-19 infections and found that people with COVID-19 have strong immune responses against the virus.
MONDAY, May 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As the drive towards a vaccine against the new coronavirus accelerates, there's some good news: People with COVID-19 have robust immune responses against the virus, scientists say.
The researchers based their conclusions after testing immune T-cell counts in 20 patients who recovered from the infection.
"If we had seen only marginal immune responses, we would have been concerned," explained researcher Alessandro Sette. "But what we see is a very robust T-cell response against the spike protein [on the virus' outer shell], which is the target of most ongoing COVID-19 efforts, as well as other viral proteins. These findings are really good news for vaccine development."