Coronavirus: UK launches clinical trial of BCG vaccine

Researchers at Exeter University enrolling up to 2,000 people to study whether TB vaccine can stop people getting virus

Doctors in the UK have launched a clinical trial to see whether the cheap and widely available BCG vaccine can boost the immune system enough to prevent healthcare workers from catching coronavirus.

The Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccine is given to protect people from tuberculosis, but studies suggest that it stimulates broader immune responses that help the body keep other infections at bay.

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