The vaccines will likely be less effective against this variant, he predicts. But Paul Bieniasz's research so far also suggests that people can boost their protection — against any variant — by having three exposures to the virus. So that means either three doses of the vaccine or two doses after a natural infection.
Rockefeller's Elizabeth Campbell explains that Merck's antiviral drug works by wreaking havoc with the way the Covid-19 virus makes copies of itself. She cautions that the potential off-target effects will require further investigation.
In mice, a kind of immune memory appears to protect the cells against future harm, a finding from Daniel Mucida that could provide insight into treatments for irritable bowel syndrome and other inflammatory digestive conditions.