Recovered Covid-19 patients urged to take part in Malaysia's immunity study
By New Straits Times October 14, 2020 @ 11:32am
KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has called on Malaysians who were previously infected with Covid-19 to volunteer for the country's study on immunity in recovered patients.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said a group of researchers from the Health Ministry's National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Institute for Medical Research (IMR) invited Malaysians who had been infected with Covid-19 previously to join a medical research entitled
"Longitudinal Study of Neutralising Antibody Response among Covid-19 Patients in Malaysia".
"This research is important to find out the levels of neutralising antibody (immunity) in the blood that can block the Covid-19 virus from infecting patients that had been infected previously," he said in a Facebook post.
He also posted a poster of the study where the IMR, under the ministry, appealed for assistance from those who had tested positive for Covid-19.
"Your blood is precious for us to determine the immunity against Covid-19 and improve the understanding of antibody response among Covid-19 patients at different time frame," the poster read.
The study, conducted between August and July 2022, has been approved by the Health Ministry's Medical Research and Ethics Committee.