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We have read the correspondence of Westhoff et al to our article1 with great interest. The authors confirm our finding of an impaired humoral immune response in rituximab-treated patients by showing that also their rituximab treated patients did not develop antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein after two doses of SARS-CoV-2 vaccinations with BNT162b2.2 In line with our data, the authors provide evidence for a maintained cellular immune response in rituximab-treated patients. In addition, Westhoff et al could …
Handling editor Gerd-Rüdiger R Burmester
Contributors MB and DA drafted this response.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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