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Category: COVID-19

Vaccines and Lupus: What to Know Amid COVID-19

January 14, 2021 LRA’s President and CEO Kenneth Farber taped this video series – Vaccines and Lupus: What to Know Amid COVID-19 – to explain what vaccines do, how the new COVID-19 vaccine technologies work, and what the LRA is doing to address questions on the safety of these new vaccines for people with lupus. […] Read More

Update from LRA’s President on COVID-19 Vaccines in Lupus

January 14, 2020 Dear Friends, Happy New Year! On behalf of all of us at the Lupus Research Alliance (LRA), thank you so much for your kindness and generosity in 2020 and prior years. 2021 starts off with some exciting milestones for the lupus community including a new treatment for lupus nephritis. But  Recently, our […] Read More

New COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Guidance and Planned Research

Important news for people with lupus as COVID-19 vaccines are on everyone’s minds.  The foremost authority in rheumatologic diseases, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) recently issued the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Guidance. Developed by a panel of rheumatologists, specialists in infectious disease and public health experts, the Guidance aims to help healthcare providers make decisions with their […] Read More

Third Vaccine Shield Against COVID-19 Rolling Out March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021 Americans gained a third weapon against COVID-19 this weekend with the availability of a third vaccine. On February 27, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Emergency Use Authorization to the new vaccine from Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson to prevent COVID-19 in adults age 18 and older. The […] Read More

Your Opinion Matters to Protect the Health of People with Lupus

October 22, 2020 To take or not to take the COVID-19 vaccine when one is available — that is the question on everyone’s minds, and we need all of your answers to accurately represent people with lupus and their supporters! As coronavirus vaccines are being developed and tested, the Lupus Research Alliance recently convened a […] Read More

Researchers Make Strides in Predicting COVID-19 Response, New LRA Study Finds

October 15, 2020 Some people respond to COVID-19 by releasing high amounts of immune proteins called cytokines, which form when the body detects a foreign invader. But release of excessive amounts of cytokines leads to a large immune response that can cause organ damage. With grant support from the Lupus Research Alliance, Dr. Roberto Caricchio […] Read More

LRA-Supported Researcher Finds Similarity between COVID-19 and Lupus Flares

October 21, 2020 In a recent study published in Nature Immunology, LRA Lupus Insight Prize recipient Dr. Ignacio Sanz and colleagues found that the immune response in patients hospitalized with  severe COVID-19 was different from that in patients with mild disease, and that the immune response in severely ill COVID-19 patients was more like a lupus flare. They saw that among severely ill COVID-19 patients, some immune cells called B cells reproduced unchecked, and […] Read More