Lasting Merit Found in a Tuberculosis Vaccine Invented a Century Ago

Tuberculosis kills almost two million people a year. A perfect vaccine could save many of them, but the one now in use — invented in the 1920s and known as BCG, for Bacillus Calmette-Guérin — has so many flaws that some countries, including the United States, have never adopted it. Yet a new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology concludes that the vaccine protects against tuberculosis for substantially longer than was previously known. Health officials on the verge of dropping vaccination in Latin America or Central Europe might want to reconsider, said the study’s lead author, Dr. Punam...

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