By Sarah Keane • 01 March 2021 • 12:27
NEW study in Italy suggests that the Covid jab may not work as well if you’re ‘fat’
The controversial results of a new Italian study are sure to raise blood pressure as scientists have suggested that overweight and obese people may not be as well protected by the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine as their skinny counterparts. The research, carried out on overweight healthcare workers, found that after receiving the jab, they produced around half the amount of antibodies to fight off the virus as people of a ‘healthy’ weight.
The research is yet to be peer reviewed, and many other Covid experts from around the world have claimed that the numbers look ‘suspiciously high’ and that the study may not have used a large enough sample of people to render useful results. The Italian scientists vaccinated 248 participants with two doses of the jab at Rome’s Istituti Fisioterapici Ospitalieri and tested their antibody levels after seven days. The results showed that people in the ‘normal’ weight range showed a blood antibody concentration of 325.8 compared with 167.1 for those in the overweight category.
One of the experts who is sceptical about the results is Professor Ian Jones, a virologist at the University of Reading. He told MailOnline:
‘It’s probably the small numbers (of participants),’ he said. ‘But that an effect is seen is not surprising.
‘It would be nothing to do with the vaccine, all would be similar. It is the individual’s response that is compromised.’
‘It’s not entirely clear why but it may be related to metabolic syndrome which in turn has a knock-on effect to many cell functions, including immunity,’ he said.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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