BCG vaccination ‘slows down’ Covid-19 spread, says study – Times of India

Aug 02, 2020, 04:20PM ISTSource: TOI.in

The debate over the anti-tuberculosis vaccine’s ability to protect against Covid-19 got a fresh lease with an American research paper stating that the BCG ‘slows down’ the infection’s spread within the community—at least in the first 30 days. The paper published in Science Advances, a peer-reviewed medical journal brought out by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said that countries with mandatory BCG vaccination showed “slower infection and death rates” during the first 30 days of the Covid-19 outbreak in their country. The researchers estimated only 468 people are likely to have died from Covid-19 in the US as of March 29—which is 19% of the actual figure of 2,467 deaths by that date—if it had instituted mandatory BCG vaccination several decades ago.

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