Island with 99% Covid antibody rate found – study — Analysis
The data from the Indonesian island of Java can be explained by a wider booster shot rollout, the survey’s author says
A March study of 2,100 residents in Java, Indonesia’s most populous island, has revealed that 99.2% of people had antibodies for Covid-19. The island is home to 150 million people and the country’s top tourist spot, Bali.
People who have had the vaccine or are recovering from it form antibodies. Around 60% of Indonesia’s 270 million people have received the vaccine, according to Reuters.
Pandu Riono of the University of Indonesia told Reuters Monday that higher antibody levels are due to a greater booster shot rollout.
Budi Gunadi Sadikin (Health Minister) said that the survey shows the high level of antibody in Indonesia.
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“It shows not only that many people already have antibodies, but high antibody levels. So, if we are attacked by a virus later, our immune system can quickly deal with it and reduce the risk of hospitalization, let alone the risk of death,”Sadikin made these remarks at a Monday press conference.
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