The myths and facts of COVID-19 vaccination and boosters: Current strategies and foresight
Since launching the COVID-19 Vaccination Program in Hong Kong, 60.8% of the total population has received the 1st vaccine dose (as of August 29, 2021). 1 Currently, some studies point out that the immunogenicity varies greatly across the COVID-19 vaccines locally available, sparking controversy on the protection after vaccination and the necessity of receiving a booster dose.2-4 In a recent interview with Omnihealth Practice, Professor Cowling, Benjamin, Head of Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, The University of Hong Kong, went into the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccination and reviewed the public health policies in Hong Kong.
Decreasing seroprevalence of immunoglobulin M AND G antibodies against SARS-cov-2 away from epicentre Wuhan
The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which has given rise to the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, is highly contagious and can lead to high morbidity and mortality rates.1,2 A recent study published in Nature Medicine used data of host
Statin as a potential antithrombotic and immunomodulatory treatment for patients with COVID-19
In addition to progressive respiratory failure, emerging data suggested that COVID-19 patients are also at increased risk of cardiovascular complications and thrombotic events.1 Statins, which are known for their antithrombotic and immunomodulatory effect, were proposed to have a potential
COVID-19 vaccine: When will it be ready?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread globally and place extreme pressures on healthcare systems, the economy and general society. One of the key questions circulating is: Will there be a vaccine? And if so, when? Although a definitive answer does not exist at present, there are ma
Potential advantages of biologics in preventing SARS-CoV-2 infected psoriasis patients from icu admission and death: the Italian and French experience
As suggested by the observational studies from Italy and France presented at the Virtual Annual Congress of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, biologic therapy for psoriasis may be protective to infected patients against severe and fatal COVID-19 although such protective benefit do
Endothelial-mediated hypercoagulability is associated with liver injury in COVID-19
Hepatocellular liver injury has been associated with severe illness and death among COVID-19 patients, but the mechanisms leading to these undesirable outcomes have remained unknown. While liver enzyme derangement appears to be mild in COVID-19 patients, hepatic dysfunction may still have significan