Infectious disease specialist Yekaterina Bulavinova, a medical expert at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine, noted the lack of evidence that BCG vaccination helps fight infection.
She talked about it in an interview with Ukrinform.
“There is no evidence that BCG vaccination – recent or done in childhood – helps with a coveted infection. Information has been published in reports that some countries have started to conduct clinical trials with the BCG vaccine, but at the moment I do not know the details and the results, “said Bulavinova.
According to her, if you think logically, seriously ill adults in Italy and Spain were vaccinated with BCG as much as we were in childhood. “Because BCG in Europe has only started to be used for at-risk groups recently. Therefore, the theory does not work at all, “said the infectious disease specialist.
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At the same time, she stressed that flu and pneumococcal vaccines – any vaccine that “protects the lungs” is very useful.
“In Ukraine, there are cases of the detection of influenza and COVID-19 in the same patient. Vaccination against influenza and pneumococcus, in my opinion, is in any case necessary, and now for the risk group, it is certainly important to protect the lungs as much as possible, “said Bulavinova.
As you know, the media has circulated the version that the BCG vaccine is supposed to confer immunity against COVID-19.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru