Experts’ views on COVID-19 vaccination and the impact of the pandemic on patients with Gaucher disease

The current outbreak of the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has become a worldwide pandemic with high morbidity and mortality in individuals with chronic disorders.1 The pandemic introduced many unanticipated challenges for patients with chronic and rare diseases, such as Gaucher disease (GD).2 GD is the most common inborn error of metabolism, caused by biallelic glucosylceramidase beta (GBA) variants and affecting the recycling of cellular glycolipids; GD manifests as hepatosplenomegaly, thrombocytopenia, anaemia and bone disease.3

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