This Vaccine Is Saving Indians From COVID-19

Wed Apr 01 2020 15:39:45 GMT+0530 (IST)

Amid the world is fighting hard to beat the dreaded COVID-19 virus, a new study is in the opinion that a general vaccine in India is offering protection against the coronavirus disease.
As per the US researchers who have analyzed the wide variation in the intensity of the disease in different countries said that the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine helps lower cases of COVID-19 in India.

The Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine is given to prevent tuberculosis for all the Indian children since 1949.

"Countries that have a late start of universal BCG policy, such as Iran in 1984, also had high mortality, consistent with the idea that BCG protects the vaccinated elderly population. We also found that BCG vaccination also reduced the number of reported Covid-19 cases in a country," the study said.

"BCG coverage is highest among all vaccines given to children under five years under the universal immunization programme. It's given to newborn babies at birth, or up to one year if vaccination is missed at birth," said Dr. Pradeep Haldar, deputy commissioner (immunisation), ministry of health and family welfare.