What will happen to participant’s donated blood?
The specimens will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies at the NICD in Johannesburg. We will also ask their permission in the consent form to store your samples for future public health COVID-19 research in South Africa, and if you agree, in COVID-19 research laboratories in other countries that the NICD is working with. Your samples will not be linked to any of your personal details, and your personal information will not be shared. Samples will only be used for research related to COVID-19. Your personal genes will not be tested in any way. If someone wants to use these samples in a future study, they would need to first get permission from an Ethics Committee.