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Social Alternatives ; 41(1):17-25, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-2012276


In dialogue with other articles within this special issue, in this article we argue that the financial crisis triggered by the onset of COVID-19 is revealing a failed governance structure within Australian public universities that has ultimately enabled the conditions that led to the crisis currently before us. We suggest that the impact of COVID-19 has laid bare a series of problems that were in the process of unfolding years before the pandemic hit. Finally, we will examine this failure of leadership through the lens of the statutory nature and governance structures of Australian public universities, cast against the current rhetoric that metaphorically equates universities with commercial corporations, to determine the extent to which such a metaphor is accurate, and ultimately (we contend) detrimental to an effective and efficient university sector.

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases ; 81:1679, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2008997


Background: Vaccination for COVID-19 is an essential tool to fght the pandemic. Evidence suggests that patients with immune mediated infammatory diseases (IMIDs) have less response. The application of a booster shot is a strategy that has been implemented in this population, however there is scarce information about its efficacy. Objectives: To assess the humoral and cellular immune response after a third dose of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with undetectable antibodies titles after primary regimen of two doses. Methods: Observational study. Patients with RA (ACR/EULAR 2010 criteria) from two rheumatology centers, ≥18 years old, with no seroconversion after two doses of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, who received a third dose of either mRNA or vector-based vaccines (BNT162b2 or ChAdOx1 nCoV-19) were included. Anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies, neutralising activity and T cell responses were assessed between 21 and 40 days after the third dose. Sociodemographic data, comorbid-ities, treatment, vaccine applied and the presence of adverse events (AE) were recorded. Statistical analysis: descriptive analysis. Chi2 or Fischer test and T test. Results: A total of 21 non-responder patients were included, all of them females with a mean age of 63.7 years (SD 11,6) and mean disease duration of 15.8 years (SD 8). Most of them (81%) reported comorbidities, being the most frequent arterial hypertension, obesity and dyslipidemia. At vaccination time, 6 (28.6%) were receiving glucocorticoids, 3 of them ≥10 mg/day, 17 c-DMARDs (methotrexate 57.1%) and 18 (85.1%) b-DMARDs, 6 abatacept (ABT) and 4 rituximab (RTX). Regarding the primary vaccination regimen, 13 (61.9%) received two doses of BBIBP-CorV, 3 (14.3%) Gam-COVID-Vac, 3 (14.3%) ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 and 2 (9.5%) a mix regimen of Gam-COVID-Vac/mRNA-1273. The majority (95.2%) received BNT162b2 vaccine and only one of them ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, with a mean time between the second and third dose of 151,4 days (SD 46,4). After the third dose, 90.5% of the patients presented detectable anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG and 76.2% presented neutralizing activity. The median of neutralizing antibodies titers was 1/12 (IQR 1/7-1/48). Both patients who did not present detectable antibodies were obese, recieved BBIBP-CorV during the primary regimen and BNT162b2 as the third dose, one of them was taking methotrexate and ABT and the other one RTX. Compared to other treatments, ABT and RTX was associated with no neutralizing activity in 4 (80%) patients and lower titers of neutralizing antibodies [median 1/3 (IQR 0-1/20) vs median 1/8 (IQR 1/4-1/128), p=0.197]. A T-cell response was present in 41.2% of all patients after the second dose, increasing to 75% after the third dose. The use of ABT was associated with a lower frequency of T-cell response (80% vs 20%, p=0.014). Sixteen (76.1%) patients reported at least one AE, 66.7% injection site reaction and 25% fu-like syndrome. Conclusion: In this RA cohort who failed to seroconvert after two doses of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, 90.5% presented detectable anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG and 75% T-cell responce after a third dose. The use of ABT was associated with a lower frequency of T-cell response. This data highlights the importance of a third vaccine in this group of patients.

Mbio ; 13(1):9, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1766682


Recent studies have shown a temporal increase in the neutralizing antibody potency and breadth to SARS-CoV-2 variants in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) convalescent individuals. Here, we examined longitudinal antibody responses and viral neutralizing capacity to the B.1 lineage virus (Wuhan related), to variants of concern (VOC;Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta), and to a local variant of interest (VOI;Lambda) in volunteers receiving the Sputnik V vaccine in Argentina. Longitudinal serum samples (N = 536) collected from 118 volunteers obtained between January and October 2021 were used. The analysis indicates that while anti-spike IgG levels significantly wane over time, the neutralizing capacity for the Wuhan-related lineages of SARS-CoV-2 and VOC is maintained within 6 months of vaccination. In addition, an improved antibody cross-neutralizing ability for circulating variants of concern (Beta and Gamma) was observed over time postvaccination. The viral variants that displayed higher escape to neutralizing antibodies with respect to the original virus (Beta and Gamma variants) were the ones showing the largest increase in susceptibility to neutralization over time after vaccination. Our observations indicate that serum neutralizing antibodies are maintained for at least 6 months and show a reduction of VOC escape to neutralizing antibodies over time after vaccination. IMPORTANCE Vaccines have been produced in record time for SARS-CoV-2, offering the possibility of halting the global pandemic However, inequalities in vaccine accessibility in different regions of the world create a need to increase international cooperation. Sputnik V is a recombinant adenovirus-based vaccine that has been widely used in Argentina and other developing countries, but limited information is available about its elicited immune responses. Here, we examined longitudinal antibody levels and viral neutralizing capacity elicited by Sputnik V vaccination. Using a cohort of 118 volunteers, we found that while anti-spike antibodies wane over time, the neutralizing capacity to viral variants of concern and local variants of interest is maintained within 4 months of vaccination. In addition, we observed an increased cross-neutralization activity over time for the Beta and Gamma variants. This study provides valuable information about the immune response generated by a vaccine platform used in many parts of the world.