Double Dose of Debate: Opinions Vary on Timing of COVID Vaccine Shots as Potential 4th Wave Looms (includes Ruanne Barnabas)

by Lisa Stiffler  / March 19, 2021

With COVID-19 vaccines still in limited supply and case counts threatening to resurge, there is a debate over the benefits of giving more people their first shot and waiting a longer time to administer the second dose, or whether to stay the course and prioritize getting both doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine into arms as quickly as possible.

Opinion: Specialists Back Single-Dose Vaccine Strategy for COVID-19 (includes Ruanne Barnabas)

Even partial protection of one dose could be enough to slow the spread of the virus, the UW Medicine researchers argue in a paper.

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Giving one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines currently approved in the United States could curtail the spread of the SARS-CoV-19 in the community more quickly than the recommended two doses, say two vaccine experts at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Researchers Recruiting Patients for Regeneron Antibody Trial (includes Ruanne Barnabas)

UW Medicine, Fred Hutch scientists will jointly test whether the monoclonal drug can prevent infection among people exposed to COVID-19.

Researchers at UW Medicine and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are jointly testing monoclonal antibodies created by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals to prevent COVID-19, and are starting to recruit patients.

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