515 HCW median age 45 in AZ arm, 43 yo in COVAXIN arm
Few over 60 yo.

Both vaccines elicited good immune response after 2 doses. Seropositivity rates & median anti-spike antibody titre was significantly higher in Covishield compared to Covaxin arm.
📌 Among the 515 HCW (305 Male, 210 Female), 95.0% showed seropositivity after two doses of both vaccines.

📌Of the 425 Covishield and 90 Covaxin recipients, 98.1% and 80.0% respectively, showed seropositivity.

📌However, both seropositivity rate and median (IQR) rise in anti-spike antibody was significantly higher in Covishield (AZ) vs. Covaxin recipient (98.1 vs. 80.0%; 127.0 vs. 53 AU/mL; both p<0.001).
📌This difference persisted in 457 SARS-CoV-2 naïve cohorts and propensity-matched (age, sex and BMI) analysis of 116 cohorts.
📌While no difference was observed in relation to sex, BMI, blood group and any comorbidities; people with age >60 years or those with type 2 diabetes had a significantly lower seropositivity rates.

No data on vaccine breakthrough but still encouraging data particularly re AZ.

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1st July. Whoosh! “Data about diagnoses, symptoms, observations, test results, medications, allergies, immunisations, referrals, recalls and appointments.. bylinetimes.com/2021/05/19/the…
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And they won’t “sell” it. They will “charge for access”
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2711 on 19th May.

I am frankly worried.

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I tend not to pay much attention to deaths and hospitalisations over the weekend and updating is quite laggy.

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Every Covid bed is a bed not available to non Covid patients.
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This is just one murcormycosis ward in one hospital.
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