Australia trials TB vaccine against COVID-19

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Australia trials TB vaccine against COVID-19

Mar 30, 2020 17:41 IST

Australian researchers are about to kick-start large-scale human testing to see if a vaccine used for decades to prevent tuberculosis can protect health workers from Covid-19. The trial of the BCG vaccine will be conducted with 4,000 health workers in hospitals around Australia to determine if it can reduce COVID-19 symptoms and is expected to begin a few weeks, researchers at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne said. Researchers hope that improving people's "innate" immunity against COVID-19 symptoms would buy time to develop a specific vaccine against the disease.

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