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Article: Volume 48 Number 1 Page 76 - January 2021

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COVID-19:  COVID-19 vaccines and dentistry

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Abstract: Transplant pioneer, Peter Medawar, once said that a virus is ‘simply a piece of bad news wrapped in protein’. One could opine then, that the new COVID-19 vaccines are ‘Bits of corona viral proteins in gift wrapping.’ For, most of the COVID-19 vaccines are based on the principle that pre-exposure of the vaccinee’s host immune system to the spike proteins of SARS-CoV-2, the first part of the viral anatomy that touches the vulnerable host cells, will elicit an effective antibody response to curb potential future infections. COVID-19 vaccines come in many sizes and shapes, and clearly, a return to normal, post-COVID dental practice entails protecting all members of the dental team with an appropriate vaccine, as and when available. We provide a thumbnail sketch of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in the offing, which we hope will be helpful for decision-making for choice of vaccine. The commentary ends with a discussion of the impact of COVID-19 vaccines on dentistry, in general.

Author notes: Lakshman Samaranayake, DDS, DSc (hc), FRCPath, FRACDS, FDS RCS(Edin), FDS RCPS, Professor Emeritus and Immediate-past Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong and Kausar Sadia Fakhruddin, BDS, MSc, Lecturer, Department of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry College of Dental Medicine, University of Sharjah, UAE email: