Health TOP SHOT: How an everyday vaccine could prevent coronavirus illness

TOP SHOT: How an everyday vaccine could prevent coronavirus illness

A potentially life-saving vaccine will be tested on frontline health workers in the coming weeks, as Australian researchers lead the charge against COVID-19.

Four thousand healthcare workers will be given the BCG vaccine, originally developed to prevent tuberculosis, with the hope it will reduce the symptoms of COVID-19.

The vaccine, which is given to 130 million babies worldwide each year, is known to boost ‘frontline’ immunity by encouraging the body to respond to germs with greater intensity.

The trial is being conducted by researchers across the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and The University of Melbourne and has been endorsed by the World Health Organisation.

MCRI director Professor Kathryn North said preventing frontline workers from becoming sick bought more time for the development of a specific vaccine against COVID-19.

“This trial will allow the vaccine’s effectiveness against COVID-19 symptoms to be properly tested and may help save the lives of our heroic frontline healthcare workers,” she said.

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