Abid Accounts for the Efficacy of a Third SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Among Transplant, CAR T-Cell, and BiTE Recipients

Dr Abid discusses a review paper, published in Cancer Cell, that evaluated determinants of response to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in patients who underwent allogeneic or autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation or who had received CAR T-cell therapy or bispecific T-cell engagers.

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In today’s episode, sponsored by, we had the pleasure of speaking with Muhammad Abid, MD, MRCP, FRCPE, an assistant professor of medicine in the Divisions of Hematology/Oncology & Infectious Disease at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

In a review paper, published in Cancer Cell, Abid and colleagues took a closer look at determinants of response to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in patients who underwent allogeneic or autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation or who had received CAR T-cell therapy or bispecific T-cell engagers.

Among patients who did not undergo seroconversion after the primary administration series of an mRNA-based SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, 59% were found to develop antibodies following the third dose. Seroconversion rates were 63% in those who received autologous transplant, 58% in those who underwent allogeneic transplant, 40% in those administered CAR T-cell therapy, and 67% in those who were given BiTEs.

In our exclusive interview, Abid further discussed the study and its results, and drove home the message that a third vaccine dose should be considered for these patients, as often as possible.

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