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Why an optimal vaccine response is desirable in people with MS on immunosuppressive DMT. Don’t be the source of the “Cockney”

As you know I did a post about why the the COVID-19 is a good example of natural selection as suggested by Charles Darwin. You should have heard about the UK variant, the Brazilian variant, you could also get a Hollywood variant, but you are unlikely to get a French variant. Why? No, not because of waxing techniques as there is a French variant there:-). It is not about “Gods will”...

COVID-19 has advantages for Lab meetings. Is ProfG Blue?

It has been the coldest day in London than I every remember is ProfG going blue with the cold. Not that I saw, he was a at home in his civvies looking well. As you know two things have happened this year that has reduced ProfGs air miles/Mileage plus. Maybe he will be dropped from being a Gold member to being a BA blue. I will never forget a meeting I think it was in milan that we had we were in...

Antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 associated with more limited Re-infection. Biology to support the use of vaccination

Antibody Status and Incidence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Health Care Workers. Sheila F. Lumley et al. N Engl J Med 2021; 384:533-540DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa2034545. BACKGROUND: The relationship between the presence of antibodies to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and the risk of subsequent reinfection remains unclear. METHODS: We investigated the incidence of SARS-CoV-2...

Vaccine Hesitancy Survey

Thank you for completing our vaccine hesitancy survey. The results are self-explanatory and it is great to see that such a high proportion of you are prepared to have a COVID-19 vaccine. We will be hosting a Barts-MS Question & Answer session on COVID-19 vaccines and our vaccination policy from 16h30-17h30, Tuesday 23rd February. We will be live-streaming the event via our YouTube channel. If...

We need you!

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★ Did you know that as of September 2020, only 54.1% of the public in the UK and 42.5% in the USA would ‘definitely’ accept a COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves?  I sincerely hope these figures are wrong and have changed substantially since September 2020. Why? These vaccine acceptance rates are lower than the proportion of vaccinated people required to achieve...

MSCOVID19 vaccine

At present there is only the offer of the Astrazeneca/Oxford and the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine, the moderna vaccine will arrive around April. The next two in line for approval in the UK is the Novovac (spike protein) and the Johnson & Johnson (Jansen Adenovirus). So in todays vidoe you can learn about this vaccine. It is a single dose at present. This may arrive to late for people in tier 4 but...

Blood spot tips

Thank you for your help with Dr Angry and DrRuths tests. Please read the information and instuctions and the consent form When doing the blood spots wash your hands in warm water (this helps the blood to flow) and dry them. Using the alcohol wipe clean your finger (middle or ring finger. The ring finger is easier). Use the lancet (blue thing) towards the tip of the finger to the side (towards...

#MSCOVID19. What would you do?

One of the difficult issues in relation to the COVID-19 vaccines is how best to dose in relation to ocrelizumab, is it best to dose ASAP when it is not optimum for a B cell response and hope that the T cell response is all that is needed or is it better to wait to get a better B cell response. It is a dilema for you and also your neurologist and health care team. We often get asked “What...

#MSCOVID19: misinformation vs. disinformation

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★ One of the reasons I started blogging was to counteract misinformation and eventually disinformation about CCSVI. CCSVI which started off as a hypothesis, supported by flawed and biased initial studies (misinformation) that was rapidly spread via social media channels, which then morphed into a disinformation campaign. The CCSVI disinformation campaign included...

COVID Breakfast Vaccine

There are rumours flying round the internet that COVID-19 vaccines make you Sterile… ProfG did the same type of post, but did it in an alternative format…Some may say “the Professional Approach”. But different people like their information delivered in a more informal way. Whilst some people can read and digest e.g. Other may not. Apparently a german doctor named Wolfie...

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