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STUDY: Over 95% of Britons develop antibodies after 1 dose of vaccine

The AstraZeneca vaccine is the brand currently used for COVID-19 in the BVI. (Reuters photo)

As a considerable number of residents refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine locally, a recent UK study has found that more than 95 percent of Britons develop COVID antibodies after taking one dose of the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines.

Antibodies are protective proteins produced by the immune system in response to the presence of a foreign substance called an antigen.

The aforesaid study was conducted by University College London and its findings are based on 8,517 participants across England and Wales.

A compelling 96.42 percent of people who took either of the vaccines developed antibodies 28 to 34 days after their first dose, the study found. The findings further revealed that the number of people producing antibodies rose to 99.08% within seven to 14 days of the second jab.

None of the participants had antibodies before getting vaccinated.

“This is one of the earliest real-world vaccine studies in the UK and it is fantastic news”, said Dr Maddie Shrotri, the lead author of the paper containing the findings.

He added: “Over nine out of 10 adults in the UK who had either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine produced antibodies against the virus within a month of their first shot … How well these vaccines work is remarkable, especially given the speed at which they’ve been developed. It’s a real feat of science in the face of the most devastating pandemic in a century.”

Other findings

Meanwhile, other findings from the study indicate that one dose of either vaccine stimulated the production of fewer antibodies in older people. However, that changed after the second dose with all ages achieving high antibody levels.

Researchers further found that antibody levels after one dose were also weaker in persons taking immune system suppressing medication and in persons with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease. This, however, disappeared once all participants had their second dose.

What’s happening locally

Back on the local scene, the government continues to encourage residents to voluntarily vaccinate as the territory now has 33 active cases.

“The borders are being opened and there will be additional positive cases that will emerge. Unless proven otherwise, the most effective way in protecting the population from the full effects of the COVID-19 virus is by being fully vaccinated,” Health Minister Carvin Malone said in update Tuesday afternoon.

He continued: “Vaccination centres are opened throughout the territory. An additional 5,646 persons can be vaccinated NOW with their first dose. Registration forms will be readily available for everyone.”

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  1. LETS SEE says:

    if the other news site gonna make headlines with the racist VACCINES AFTER EFFECTS in the UK

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  2. Facts says:

    Did I just read this correctly? (None of the participants had antibodies before getting vaccinated.)

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  3. Wait wait don't tell me says:

    more crazy studies, soooooo only1 shot is now needed?? Masks not needed, yes must wear a mask, no wear 2 masks, no no masks need, 2 jabs needed, oh no now only 1 jab?? Nevermind. . . we get it that no one knows what they are doing and many refuse to be vaxxine guinea pigs. . . beyond belief. I’ll wait until we see how these vaxes worked out for those who had them in 1 year.

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  4. UK Protestor says:

    Did they die before ? No, so how do we know they would of died without the vaccine ? They would of been just fine without it just like me, right now we’ve been marching in the UK none stop and I haven’t seen one person drop dead from Covid and btw 90% of us wear no mask and there’s little to no space to social distance.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Specific none of the participants had COVID antibodies.

  6. LILIAS says:


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  7. Two Dose is all about Profit. says:

    I always believe there were no health need for two doses, I always see the push for two doses as all economics and profit…These vaccine companies are at war with each other, and their main Target to discredit is John and Johnson one shot to discredit…They know one shot can do the Job… its all about greed over health.

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  8. awa says:

    @Wait wait don’t tell me, The people in the British Virgin Islands who are against taking the vaccine seem to be the only people that have all the answers about the vaccine.

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  9. lol again says:

    liar! We are not fools

  10. Coming Home Soon says:

    I am no medical professional, but I do READ.
    I can understand this being so for the AstraZeneca vaccine since it contains a reduced version of the virus. Your body only needs to be exposed to a small amount of any virus to begin developing ‘antibodies’.
    HOWEVER, after all the reading that I have done, I cannot understand how ANYONE can develop antibodies to something their body has NOT been exposed to, as is the case with both Pfizer and Maderna vaccines! Neither of those contain any trace of the virus as both companies have consistently claimed. Both of those vaccines are man-gineered to adjust the mRNA in your cells, but they do NOT contain traces of the virus.
    So just HOW does one develop antibodies to something the body is unaware of??

  11. hmm says:

    What percentage of britons have been vaccinated?

    • UK vaccine rate says:

      34.4% (22.9 million) of population fully vaccinated (ie two doses). 61 million doses given so far.

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