Study finds 93pc anti-body of AstraZeneca vaccine recipients


Dailynewsun Desk:

A study team of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) found 93 percent anti-body of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine recipients against COVID-19.

“Antibody tests were conducted on 308 vaccinated doctors, nurses and other employees of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH),” Dr SM Samsuzzaman, head of the Department of Microbiology of DMCH told BSS today.

Samples were collected four weeks after the recipients took the first dose, when 41 percent of them were found carrying the antibodies, he said.

“Four weeks after the second dose was administered, we took another sample and tested it. This time 93 percent of the recipients had the antibodies.” Samsuzzaman said. Led by Prof SM Shamsuzzaman, the study was conducted over five months.

While revealing the study at DMCH , he said 80 percent of the people who participated in the survey are above 50.

“We need more study to know the efficacy of the vaccine (Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine)….. We want to conduct a wide range of survey to indentify both anti-body and efficacy of AstraZeneca vaccine,” the researcher added.

On June 19, the administering of the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine resumed in 67 centres across the country as it has 11 lakh Sinopharm jabs to continue the nationwide drive.

According to the DGHS, administering of first dose of COVID-19 vaccine was suspended on April 26. After suspending vaccination of first dose of coronavirus jabs, administering of second dose continued to complete two doses of vaccination course.

As many as 72,48,829 people have so far been registered for receiving the inoculation. On February 7, the countrywide COVID-19 vaccination campaign began with spontaneous participation of all levels of people for receiving vaccines from 1055 designated hospitals.

After launching the vaccination campaign, 58,20,015 people received first shot of COVID-19 vaccines while 42,50,167 got second doses of inoculation.