This webinar from the British Society for Immunology's 'Connecting on coronavirus: the expert hub' series was hosted by former BSI President Professor Peter Openshaw and Dr Ryan Thwaites on the topic of 'Controversy in immunity to COVID-19: do we want an immune response or not?'.
Professor Peter Openshaw and Dr Ryan Thwaites are part of ISARIC 4C, a UK-wide consortium of doctors and scientists committed to answering urgent questions about COVID-19 quickly, openly, and for the benefit of all.
In this webinar, they discuss the consortium’s initial findings on which characteristics predispose individuals to suffer from severe COVID-19 disease, and link this to questions posed in the recent Academy of Medical Sciences – British Society for Immunology joint report on Immunology and COVID-19, to examine how we can develop our understanding of the interaction between our immune systems and SARS-CoV-2.
Due to time constraints, there were a substantial number of questions from the audience that went unanswered. You can read more in our Q&A with Dr Ryan Thwaites for further thoughts and comments on your questions around demographics, pathogenesis, immunity and vaccines for COVID-19.