Explainer on Covid-19 Vaccines improving Surfactant Levels in the Lungs

Prof. Barack Abonyo

Prof. Medical Physiology and Registrar Planning, Partnerships, Research and Innovation, Kibabii University, Kenya

“Vaccines improve the level of surfactant. Vaccines are meant to just boost your immunity by increasing the production of antibodies or prepare your body for the virus. The virus being an antigen you need an antibody to react with it to reduce its effect. So when you are given a vaccine and normally these vaccines are attenuated components of the virus, which means they are parts of the virus that cannot cause the disease but can induce or stimulate your body to produce antibodies. So the work of the vaccine is to enable you produce enough antibodies to kill the virus when you come into contact with the virus or to stop the virus from affecting you.”

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