A clinical research organization in South Africa, TASK, is testing the potency of a tuberculosis vaccine, BCG- Bacille Calmette-Guerin against Covid-19.
The vaccine, popular as an early childhood immunization has been administered on trial to 250 participants by injection and to another 250 as placebo.
A TASK spokesperson, Prof Andreas Diacon said in a statement, “South Africa does vaccinate all newborns with BCG. Re-vaccinating adults could help reduce the consequences of this pandemic,”
At least, 3,000 more participants would be administered the vaccine in Capetown and monitored for a year, the organization noted.
Meanwhile, there are 7,220 Covid-19 cases and 138 deaths so far in South Africa.
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