[Is it possible that BCG vaccine protects against COVID-19?]
SourceNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 164, (2020), article D5552
Article / Letter to editor
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Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
SubjectRadboudumc 4: lnfectious Diseases and Global Health RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences; Radboudumc 4: lnfectious Diseases and Global Health RIMLS: Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences
A number of clinical trials are currently underway worldwide to assess whether BCG, the old vaccine against tuberculosis, can protect against COVID-19 infection. In this Perspective, we briefly outline the background, the immunological mechanisms (in particular induction of 'innate immune memory' or 'trained immunity'), and further considerations for the potential future use of BCG against viral and other infections.
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