COVID-19: Is century-old TB vaccine turning out to be a savi
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An international team of researchers from India, China, Italy and the United States has found links between populations who had high levels of bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccinations, and lower levels of COVID-19 mortality.

The link provides some definite evidence that the universal BCG vaccination may protect against COVID-19 deaths, according to a peer-reviewed study published in the journal Nature.

Countries like India which had adopted universal BCG vaccination programme have reported a remarkably low death rate compared to those who had either discontinued the vaccination or did not take it up at all.

Based on the data, the researchers estimated that a 10 per cent increase in TB vaccine coverage could lead to a 10 per cent reduction in deaths from Covid-19.

The new study also challenged the World Health Organisation’s position on the TB vaccine that “there is no evidence” that the BCG vaccine protects against COVID-19.

Source: https://thefederal.com/uncategorized/covid-deaths-is-century-old-tb-vaccine-turning-out-to-be-a-saviour-for-india/
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