Colin Powell, former secretary of state, died of issues from COVID-19


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Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell died on Monday, October 18, 2021 at the age of 84 from complications from COVID-19. General Powell was fully vaccinated but was undergoing cancer treatment when he contracted the virus, CNN reported.

“General Colin L. Powell, former US Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from COVID-19. He was fully vaccinated, ”his family wrote in a statement on Facebook. “We would like to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their thoughtful treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and great American. « 

The family did not give any details about the type of complications Powell suffered, but his immune system was compromised because he was undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma, the New York Times reported. Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that affects plasma cells, which are a class of white blood cells. These cells play a crucial role in the immune system by helping to create the antibodies that protect against bacteria and viruses, Mayo Clinic says. In a person with multiple myeloma, however, cancer cells build up in the bone marrow of the body and make it harder for healthy plasma cells to do their job. Treatment for multiple myeloma can include chemotherapy, which can also negatively impact the immune system and make patients more vulnerable to infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

Vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, also rely on these antibodies to create a long-lasting immune response that can help protect against certain diseases. The best evidence we currently have suggests that people who are immunocompromised – due to an underlying disease or chemotherapy, for example – do not receive as much protection from COVID-19 vaccines as those who are not immunocompromised. . Receiving a booster may offer additional protection for those who are immunocompromised, but Powell’s family have not clarified whether or not he received one.

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