CanSinoBIO says COVID-19 booster shot can reverse drop in antibodies

BEIJING, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Antibody levels in people inoculated with CanSino Biologics’ (CanSinoBIO) single-dose COVID-19 vaccine fell by some 30% after six months, however a booster shot could offer a significant lift, a senior executive said late on Thursday.

The decline in antibodies does not necessarily mean the shots will lose their protection, though how fast they wane could still serve as an important indicator of the immune response, Zhu Tao, chief scientific officer at China’s CanSinoBIO (6185.HK), said in an online presentation.

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Six months after being vaccinated with CanSinoBIO’s shot, neutralising antibodies were at roughly 70% of the level seen 28 days after the shot, Zhu said, citing data from 35 vaccinated people.

FILE PHOTO: A logo of China’s vaccine specialist CanSino Biologics Inc is pictured on the company’s headquarters in Tianjin, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), China August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

When a second dose was given after six months, antibody levels shot up about eight fold two weeks after the shot, Zhu said, citing data from 28 people.

Five out of the seven vaccines approved in China are two-shot inactivated vaccines from Sinovac and state-backed Sinopharm that contain “killed” coronavirus. CanSinoBIO’s shot uses a modified common cold virus known as adenovirus to ferry genetic information from the spike protein of the coronavirus into the human body.

A third booster shot of CanSinoBIO’s vaccine three to six months after the second shot of an inactivated vaccine generated significantly higher antibody levels, versus using an inactivated vaccine as a third-dose booster, Zhu said. He cited data from about 200 participants in a clinical trial.

Reporting by Roxanne Liu and Ryan Woo; Editing by Sayantani Ghosh

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