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Covid-19: Our TB shots all those years ago could make a difference
In what is definitely the best Covid-19 news yet for South Africa, a universal vaccination against tuberculosis, called BCG, that’s been applied here since 1940 may have unwittingly provided protection against the killer virus.
Research by an assistant professor and his students at the NY Institute of Technology found mortality rates are up to 100 times higher in countries like Italy, the US and Netherlands, where the BCG vaccine was never used. I spoke to Dr Gonzalo Otazu last night – an edited clip headlines today’s Inside Covid-19 podcast which you can access here.

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