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.

For further information, call Dr Rafiza Shaharudin at 03-33627753 (or email or Dr Masita Arip at 03-33627735 (or email