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COVID vaccines

Singapore SARS survivors yield hope for COVID super vaccine

Pfizer recipients found with 'highly potent' antibodies to respiratory viruses

A vial of the Pfizer vaccine in Singapore: A study found former SARS patients inoculated with the shot showed antibodies "capable of neutralizing not only all known SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern but also other animal coronaviruses."   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Survivors who lived through the SARS crisis in Singapore nearly two decades ago may yield hope for the development of a super vaccine to combat potent COVID-19 variants and even other coronaviruses, new research shows.

Scientists from the city-state's Duke-NUS Medical School and National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) have found "highly potent functional antibodies" in people who had severe acute respiratory syndrome and were vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech's shots for COVID-19.

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