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Tamil Nadu to start administering BCG vaccine to the elderly on pilot basis

The vaccine shall be administered on trial basis on adults aged 60-95, with the aim of reducing the Covid mortality rate within this set

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A health worker arranges swab samples on a tray for Covid-19 test at a medical camp, during Unlock 2.0, in Chennai

T E Narasimhan Chennai
The Tamil Nadu Government has said that a pilot programme will start soon to study the efficacy of the Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine in reducing morbidity and mortality due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the elderly.

Following an order by Chief Minister Palaniswami, the BCG vaccine shall be administered on a trial basis, on adults aged 60-95, with the aim of reducing the Covid mortality rate within this set. The National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT) will start the pilot programme soon, said C Vijayabaskar, Tamil Nadu Minister for Health and Family Welfare.

He added that NIRT will take up the

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First Published: Jul 15 2020 | 4:49 PM IST

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