New Delhi: The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it does not recommend the BCG vaccination for prevention of Covid-19. The statement gains significance for countries including India, where some states are considering using the BCG vaccine for clinical trials on Covid-19 patients. “There is no evidence that the Bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccine (BCG) protects people against infection with Covid-19 virus,” the WHO said in a statement on April 12 in response to reports that countries where the vaccine for tuberculosis was used have a lower incidence of coronavirus infections and deaths. “In the absence of evidence, WHO does not recommend BCG vaccination for the prevention of Covid-19. WHO continues to recommend neonatal BCG vaccination in countries or settings with a high incidence of TB,” it said. The statement noted that a “diversion of local supplies may result in neonates not being vaccinated, resulting in an increase of disease and deaths from tuberculosis.” It said that two clinical trials are under way to address this issue and WHO will evaluate the evidence when it is available. “There is experimental evidence from both animal and human studies that the BCG vaccine has non-specific effects on the immune system. These effects have not… Read full this story
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