Antibodies mimicking the virus may explain long haul covid-19, rare vaccine side effects
Creative rendition of SARS-CoV-2 particles (not to scale). Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH
"With the incredible impact of the pandemic and our reliance on vaccines as our primary weapon, there is an immense need for more basic science research to understand the complex immunological pathways at play. This need follows to what it takes to keep the protective responses going, as well as to the potential unwanted side effects of both the infection and the different SARS-CoV-2 vaccine types, especially as boosting is now applied," Murphy said. "The good news is that these are testable questions that can be partially addressed in the laboratory, and in fact, have been used with other viral models."