Americans Taking Immunosuppressive Drugs May Not Produce Antibodies In Response To COVID-19 Vaccines.
CNN (6/4, Cohen) reported that “millions of...Americans are...taking immunosuppressive drugs that might weaken the effect of the Covid-19 vaccine, and they find themselves in uncharted territory, scared – with good reason – that their vaccinations might not have worked.” One study suggests “about 6 million Americans are taking immunosuppressants that could interfere with the vaccine.” Another study “showed that patients taking certain medications to treat ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease had ‘robust’ antibody responses to the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccine,” while yet another “showed organ transplant patients did not fare nearly as well,” with 46% showing “no antibody response after two doses of Pfizer or Moderna.” CNN added patients who do not show an antibody response, may still be protected from the virus by means of T cells. NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci are quoted.
Effort To Vaccinate US Against COVID-19 Leaving Most Vulnerable Residents Behind, CDC Report Suggests.
TIME (6/3, Law) reports that the bubble of protection against COVID-19 “isn’t being shared across the United States equally – and some of the most vulnerable people are getting left behind, even as 51.9% of the population is fully vaccinated as of June 2.” A CDC “report published May 28 found that people who live in counties considered the most socially vulnerable are only 42% vaccinated, compared to 60.1% among residents of the least vulnerable counties.” The report was based on the agency’s “social vulnerability index (SVI), which ranks U.S. counties by socioeconomic status, household composition, racial and ethnic makeup, transportation access and more.”
Socially Vulnerable Populations Saw Lower Rates Of COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage As Eligibility Expanded, CDC Study Indicates.
The Hill (5/28, Coleman) reported researchers found “socially vulnerable populations saw lower rates of COVID-19 vaccination coverage, even as eligibility for the shots expanded, according to a” CDC study. In the study, researchers “determined that between Dec. 14 and May 1, inequities in vaccination coverage persisted and grew in counties with more socially vulnerable populations, particularly in rural and ‘large fringe metropolitan,’ or suburban, counties.”