The research carried out on blood samples of those who have been administered with the vaccine against COVID-19 have so far shown positive results, Prof. Neelika Malavige of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura said today.
“We have obtained blood samples of about 2,000 health workers who have already been administered with the vaccine. We can say the results are very good at present,” she told the Daily Mirror.
"We are conducting research on the immune responses to the vaccines. For instance, no one knows the answers to the following questions," Prof. Malavige said.
1. How long does immunity last?
2. How will the vaccine work against new variants that might emerge?
3. Is it the antibody response or cellular response that is most important?
4. How different are the immune responses induced by the vaccine to those following natural infection?
"These are the questions we are trying to answer. We are conducting this research in collaboration with Dr. Sudath Samaraweera, the Chief Epidemiologist and with our collaborators from the University of Oxford after obtaining all the ethical approvals and Ministry of Health approvals. We are in the process of obtaining 1-month samples after administering the vaccine in health care workers, and our results so far look good," she added.
Meanwhile, Prof. Malavige said there is no veracity in reports that are being circulated in social media that the COVID-19 vaccine causes sterilisation.
Thus, she advised people not to be deceived or panicked by such baseless reports as they carry no truth.
“It is quite baffling as to how their claim, that COVID vaccine results in infertility was created and leaked to the society. However, I reiterate that there is no truth whatsoever in it,” she added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)
Scientists tell the truth but Doctors pretend to know all. Monday, 08 March 2021 04:34 PM
You have an impressive title but you are not a Scientist but as usual a Doctor. A proper Scientist who is a Microbiologist would have said in this situation “ We don’t have the Science at the moment to affirm or deny the claim “.
Sandy Monday, 08 March 2021 04:41 PM
Prosecute those who spread fake news through social media
JAYATH NANDANA Monday, 08 March 2021 04:46 PM
THERE HAD BEEN A HUGE PROPRAGANDA ON SO CALLED SOCIAL MEDIA AGAINST THIS VACCINE PROMOTING USELESS UNPROVEN INDIGENEOUS MEDICINE . STILL THOSE ELEMENTS ARE IN ACTION IT IS A DUTY OF THE OTHE MEDIA TO EDUCATE THE PEOPLE
Strikes a gong ! Monday, 08 March 2021 04:48 PM
Wonder what our local expert ratana has to say. ! Probably he knew about infertility and refused in public not to take the vaccine
RoaringCreek Monday, 08 March 2021 04:51 PM
In Japan this is what has been spread and the majority of the population is shunning the jab.
Ferty Monday, 08 March 2021 06:50 PM
Too early to say, NO?
Kumar Monday, 08 March 2021 10:22 PM
10 million Californians across the board including myself has been vaccinated to date. I suppose there will be a drop in new births.
CharmJ Monday, 08 March 2021 11:22 PM
It was disappointing to see one popular tv personality who also turned out to be a popular YouTuber spreading false information as well on YouTube. These people do scaremongering out of no responsibility and what is more surprising was to see a majority of people commenting for the propaganda. Our people are very narrow minded and social media can easily mislead them.
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