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Jul, 2021

New data on the duration of immune protection against SARS-CoV- 2 in children

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A study published in the Pediatrics journal shows that children with mild forms of COVID-19 develop a greater and longer lasting antibody response than that of adults. The study involved 57 families affected by COVID-19, who were followed, as part of the study, by the Department of Women’s and Child Health at the University of Padua.   Padua – Italy, 2 July 2021 – Researchers from the University of Padua and the Italian health authority and research organization for animal health and food safety (IZSVe), in collaboration with Padua Hospital, Penta […]

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Jun, 2021

Nuovi dati sulla durata della protezione immunitaria contro SARS-CoV-2 nei bambini

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Università degli Studi di Padova, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie e Penta presentano nuovi dati sulla durata della protezione immunitaria contro SARS-CoV-2 nei bambini Uno studio pubblicato in questi giorni sulla rivista “Paediatrics” dimostra che i bambini affetti da forme lievi di COVID-19 sviluppano una risposta anticorpale maggiore e più duratura di quella degli adulti. Lo studio ha coinvolto 57 famiglie venete colpite dal COVID 19 e seguite presso il Dipartimento Salute della Donna e del Bambino dell’Università di Padova.   Padova, 28 giugno 2021 – Ricercatori dell’Università degli Studi […]

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Jun, 2021

Alfredo Tagarro shares his experience as a paediatrician and researcher in Spain, during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has represented a unique professional and personal challenge throughout the year. Many unimaginable things happened during this frantic year, from the school closures to the confinement, and we had to adapt and think creatively. The pandemic took me back to the intensive care unit for some weeks, taking care of adults, enduring endless shifts with limited resources. Back home, we prepared and implemented research projects, again with limited resources, for children with COVID-19.  During the first months of the pandemic, we did not need to sleep much […]

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Jun, 2021

Moherndran Archary shares his experience as a paediatrician and researcher in South Africa, during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The first case of COVID-19 in South Africa was diagnosed in a traveller from Europe to South Africa on the 5th of March 2020. The initial imported infections fuelled the first wave of the pandemic 3 months later, while further mutations of the circulating wild- type virus fuelled the more severe second wave 7 months thereafter. The South African government responded by implementing, several mitigating strategies including lockdowns, social distancing, use of face masks in public and school closures to slow and control community transmission. These control measures had variable […]

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Jun, 2021

Daniele Donà shares his experience as a paediatrician and researcher in Italy, during the covid-19 pandemic

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The global health crisis of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is changing the world. In the Veneto Region in Italy, an exponential spread of patients affected by COVID-19 has been observed since 21st February 2000, the day of the first COVID-19 positive adult admitted to the University Hospital of Padua. This impetuous pandemic infection put a tremendous amount of stress on many hospitals interfering with ordinary medical practice. Moreover, all the research activities were slowed down considerably with a sudden change in priorities regarding time and funding. Since February 2020, we in […]

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Jun, 2021

A conceptual approach to the rationale for SARS-CoV-2 vaccine allocation prioritisation

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Authors: MK. Vasconcelos, C. Marazia, M. Koniordou, H. Fangerau, I. Drexler & AAA. Awuah Published in: Taylor and Francis Online   ABSTRACT Currently vaccines protecting from COVID-19 are a scarce resource. Prioritising vaccination for certain groups of society is placed in a context of uncertainty due to changing evidence on the available vaccines and changing infection dynamics. To meet accepted ethical standards of procedural justice and individual autonomy, vaccine allocation strategies need to state reasons for prioritisation explicitly while at the same time communicating the expected risks and benefits of vaccination at […]

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Jun, 2021

Young infants exhibit robust functional antibody responses and restrained IFN-γ production to SARS-CoV-2

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Authors: A. Goenka, A. Halliday, M. Gregorova, E. Milodowski, A. Thomas, MK. Williamson, H. Baum, E. Oliver, AE. Long, L. Knezevic, AJK. Williams, V. Lampasona, L. Piemonti, K. Gupta, ND. Bartolo, I. Berger, AM. Toye, B. Vipond, P. Muir, J. Bernatoniene, M. Bailey, KM. Gillespie, AD. Davidson, L. Wooldridge, L. Rivino, A. Finn Published in: Cell Reports Medicine   Summary: Severe COVID-19 appears rare in children. This is unexpected, especially in young infants, who are vulnerable to severe disease caused by other respiratory viruses. We evaluate convalescent immune responses in four […]

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Apr, 2021

COVID-19 herd immunity by immunisation: are children in the herd?

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Authors: S. Obaro Published in: The Lancet   Introduction: The scourge of COVID-19 has been global, but the most affected subgroups in the population have largely been older people and individuals with comorbid conditions that predispose them to increasingly severe disease and poor outcomes. Overall, the disease burden in children has been reasonably mild, even in those with comorbidities, such as oncological conditions. Protection from severe disease in children might be related to a lower expression of host factors required for viral replication, and to differences in the magnitude and […]

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Mar, 2021

Testing for SARS-CoV-2 infection: a key strategy to keeping schools and universities open

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Authors: Archana Koirala, Nicholas Wood, Kristine Macartney Published in: The Lancet   Introduction: Education has been profoundly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lack of access to education has exacerbated the divide between rich and poor and left vulnerable children exposed to domestic violence and hunger. The best way of keeping educational institutions open for in-person learning is to control transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the wider community1 and to ensure rapid identification of infected staff and students to support timely and tailored public health responses. A comprehensive testing strategy is a core […]

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