Pfizer Vaccine Induces Immune Structures Key to Lasting Immunity
Pfizer Vaccine Induces Immune Structures Key to Lasting Immunity
In the armpit lymph nodes of people who had received the mRNA vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, researchers found germinal centers needed to generate long-lived antibody-making cells.
Pfizer Vaccine Induces Immune Structures Key to Lasting Immunity
Pfizer Vaccine Induces Immune Structures Key to Lasting Immunity

In the armpit lymph nodes of people who had received the mRNA vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, researchers found germinal centers needed to generate long-lived antibody-making cells.

In the armpit lymph nodes of people who had received the mRNA vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, researchers found germinal centers needed to generate long-lived antibody-making cells.

FDA, developmental biology, microbiology
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