Journal article

Bacille Calmette Guerin (BCG) and new TB vaccines: Specific, cross-mycobacterial and off-target effects

Nora Fritschi, Nigel Curtis, Nicole Ritz

Paediatric Respiratory Reviews | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

The Bacille Calmette Guérin (BCG) vaccine was developed over a century ago and has become one of the most used vaccines without undergoing a modern vaccine development life cycle. Despite this, the vaccine has protected many millions from severe and disseminated forms of tuberculosis (TB). In addition, BCG has cross-mycobacterial effects against non-tuberculous mycobacteria and off-target (also called non-specific or heterologous) effects against other infections and diseases. More recently, BCG’s effects on innate immunity suggest it might improve the immune response against viral respiratory infections including SARS-CoV-2. New TB vaccines, developed over the last 30 years, show promise, p..

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