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Prof. Despotova: Well-known tuberculosis vaccine might turn into barrier for coronavirus

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The COVID-19 distribution map across in the world overlaps with the map of vaccination policies of different countries. Countries that have give up using or do not administer any longer the tuberculosis vaccine (known as BCG) are currently in the midst of the novel coronavirus epidemic and are the most severely affected. These are Italy, Spain, and USA, Prof. Dr. Lyubima Despotova, President of the Bulgarian Society for Long-Term Care and Palliative Medicine, told the Bulgarian National Radio. 
The anti-tuberculosis BCG vaccine, first developed in the 1920s, has been on the mandatory vaccination calendar in Bulgaria since 1951.

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