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Pfizer COVID vaccine may be less effective in obese people, study finds

Added 03-01-21 03:18:02pm EST - “Pfizer's vaccine may be less effective in protecting obese people from coronavirus, scientists said. Researchers in Rome found that obese people who had received two doses of the vaccine gene?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Pfizer COVID vaccine may be less effective in obese people, study finds”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Pfizer’s vaccine may be less effective in protecting obese people from coronavirus, scientists said.

Researchers in Rome found that obese people who had received two doses of the vaccine generated a weaker antibody response, according to a report on the pre-print server Medrxiv.

The study, which has not been peer-reviewed, evaluated the effect of the vaccine on 248 healthcare workers seven days after the final dose, the Guardian reported.

Researchers the National Cancer Institute Regina Elena found that those considered obese — which is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) over 30 – produced about half the amount of antibodies compared with people who had a healthy body weight, the Guardian reported.

It’s not currently known what level of antibodies is necessary to neutralize the virus, but experts fear that a reduced antibody response may hinder innoculation effortd.

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