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Evaluating vaccines and chasing down ‘breakthrough infections’ are key

Data generated from Sisonke study will prove to be invaluable to understanding of vaccines and their effectiveness

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The vaccination of health workers through the Sisonke study is done but the work is not, and chasing down “breakthrough infections” — when people get Covid after vaccination — is a priority, said the scientists in charge, profs Glenda Gray and Linda-Gail Bekker.

“Sisonke’s main cause was to prevent healthcare workers from getting very sick or dying. It was never about preventing infections. That is a bonus. There is no 100% prophylactic vaccine today,” said Bekker.

Every Sisonke site has been given the task of chasing down breakthrough infections. These will be graded from mild to severe and swabs will be taken to assess which variant was responsible...

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