The good news about vaccines and variants continues to roll in. Last week, a study reported that Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine protected against all of the SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern. Now, Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to protect against several SARS-CoV-2 variants as well. While this is good news, the study also found that the only approved monoclonal antibody therapy for SARS-CoV-2 might be less effective against SARS-CoV-2 variants in laboratory experiments.
The research is published in the journal mBio, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, in the paper, “Convalescent-Phase Sera and Vaccine-Elicited Antibodies Largely Maintain Neutralizing Titer against Global SARS-CoV-2 Variant Spikes.”