U of A researcher to test whether COVID-19 antibodies provide long-term immunity

A study analyzing thousands of blood samples to determine whether having COVID-19 antibodies confers long-term immunity is one of 13 U of A research projects sharing $11.3 million in new federal funding for a rapid response to the pandemic. (Photo: Getty Images)

U of A researcher to test whether COVID-19 antibodies provide long-term immunity

It’s not clear whether people who have recovered from COVID-19 are immune to the coronavirus that causes it, but a new research project at the University of Alberta will examine whether the antibodies their immune system produced to fight off the disease provides them with long-term immunity.

“There is some evidence from the literature that immunity is probably happening and we know now that this is probably reducing viral loads in individuals who are infected,” said Steven Drews, a microbiologist in the U of A’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.

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