Texas varsity team to begin BCG human testing to fight Covid

HOUSTON: in the Texas A&muniversityintheusausaitisaskinghundredsoffront-linemedicalworkerstoparticipateinanadvancedclinicalclinicaltrialofawidelyusedtuberculosisvaccinethatcouldhelpboosttheimmunesystemandmitigatetheeffectsofcovid-19.

texasa&misthefirstusinstitutionintheclinicaltrialtohavefederalclearancetobegintestingonhumans.researchershopetodemonstratethatbacilluscalmette-guerinorbcgmitigatestheeffectsofthenewcoronavirus.bcg,whichisalsousedtotreatbladdercancer,couldbewidelyavailableforuseagainstinsixmonths.“bcgisnotmeanttocurebutbridgethegapuntilavaccineisdeveloped.bcgvaccinehasthebroadabilitytostrengthenyourimmuneresponse,”saiddrjeffreydcirillo,aprofessoratthetexasa&m.workerswillbethefirstpeopleeligibleforthetrial,whichissettobeginthisweek.

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