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Scientists See Signs of Lasting Immunity to Covid-19, Even After Mild Infections

Washington, (ST) - A recent American study revealed the presence of encouraging signs of the possibility of (permanent immunity) against infection with the corona virus. New research indicates that human immune system cells are storing information about the coronavirus so they can fight it off again. To the immune system, not all germs are equally memorable. But our body’s cells seem to be seriously studying up on the coronavirus.

Scientists who have been monitoring immune responses to the virus are now starting to see encouraging signs of strong, lasting immunity, even in people who developed only mild symptoms of Covid-19, a flurry of new studies suggests. Disease-fighting antibodies, as well as immune cells called B cells and T cells that are capable of recognizing the virus, appear to persist months after infections have resolved - an encouraging echo of the body’s enduring response to other viruses.

“Things are really working as they’re supposed to,” said Deepta Bhattacharya, an immunologist at the University of Arizona and an author on one of the new studies, which has not yet been peer-reviewed.

The Ministry of Health reports registering 87 new coronavirus cases

The Ministry of Health reported registering 87 new cases of Coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in Syria to 1764.

The Ministry records the recovery of 8 coronavirus cases, bringing the number of recoveries to 425 and the death of 4 cases, bringing the number of deaths to 68.

Health Ministry: 84 new Coronavirus cases were registered, 9 patients recovered, and 4 died

The Ministry of Health announced on Sunday the registration of 84 new cases of Coronavirus, and the recovery of 9 cases and the death of 4 others.

The ministry indicated in a statement to SANA, that the number of cases recorded in Syria has reached up to 1677, of which 417 have recovered, and 64 cases have passed away.

The first Coronavirus was recorded in Syria on 22 of last March for a person coming from outside the country, while the first death was recorded on 29th of the same month.

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Corona virus kills about 769 thousand people around the world

The Coronavirus has killed 768,984 people around the world, while the death toll has reached 216,16628,  recoveries are 1,4331736 since its outbreak began last December, according to the World Meter website.

In Brazil, 41,576 infections  and 709 new deaths were recorded with the virus, bringing the total number of infections to three million and 107,232 deaths.

In Mexico, the Ministry of Health announced 6,345 infections  and 635 new deaths from the Coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections to 517,714 cases and deaths to 56,543 deaths.

In Germany, data from the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases showed on August 16  that 625 new infections were recorded, bringing the total number of infections  to 223,453, while the number of deaths remained unchanged at 9,231 deaths.

In South Korea, the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 279 new infections of the virus, which is the largest daily death toll in the country since the beginning of last March.

New Zealand recorded 13 new infections of the virus during the past 24 hours, with the continuing increase of the first outbreak of the virus in the country in months.

Russia starts producing "Sputnik V' – world's FIRST registered Covid-19 vaccine

The Russian Health Ministry announced on Saturday that production of the world's first registered coronavirus vaccine has begun. It's been named ‘Sputnik V’ after the famed space satellite, launched by Moscow in 1957.

The formula, officially known as ‘Gam-COVID-Vak,' was developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center in the Russian capital. It has two components that need to be injected three weeks apart to trigger an immune response to Covid-19. The director of Russia's sovereign wealth fund, which bankrolled the project, Kirill Dmitriev pointed out that Moscow had received applications for more than one billion doses of the vaccine from 20 countries.

Russia’s health regulator registered the vaccine after it passed Phase II trials in June and July. It was decided that completing a Phase III trial was not necessary for the initial roll-out because it is based on an already proven platform. However, it's important to note that Sputnik V won't go into general circulation until January 2021, allowing another four to five months in which to further observe its effectiveness.