The Anonymous Widower

Has The BCG Vaccine Saved The Balkans From The Worst Of The Coronavirus?

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article in The Times.

The article discusses the title and there is certainly circumstantial evidence.

  • The former Yugoslavia hasn’t been badly hid by COVID-19.
  • The country had endemic tuberculosis.
  • The UK dropped BCG vaccinations in the 2000s.

I’ll be interested to see, if this turns out to be a promising lead or just a coincidence.

June 2, 2020 - Posted by | Health | , ,


  1. Interesting. I chose to have my daughters vaccinated against BCG at birth. As you say, it will be interesting to see if it is a promising lead or just a coincidence.

    Comment by Liz | June 2, 2020 | Reply

  2. I can’t remember what BCG covered and why the UK dropped. Was it one of those claimed by anti-vaxxers to cause autism?

    Comment by MauriceGReed | June 3, 2020 | Reply

  3. Tuberculosis!

    Most countries in Europe dropped it. Possibly because there wasn’t much tuberculosis! I remember a vet using BCG on a horse to cure sarcoids.

    Comment by AnonW | June 3, 2020 | Reply

  4. It was dropped because of the decline in TB in the UK, but certainly u til recently was still offered to newborns of mothers born in high TB countries. Surely however most people over 40 in the UK had the heaf test on our forearms and then bcg if not a reactor in the early high school years. So most of the older men here who have died of covid will have had bcg

    Comment by Andrew | June 3, 2020 | Reply

    • My daughters were given it at birth, on request from me. They had the head test a school, and as I recall, one needed it repeating and one didnt. They are now 38 and 33. We don’t live in an area where many of the local residents come from high TB countries. We did when the eldest daughter was born, and TB vaccines were offered to all mum’s from that area. They said my baby couldn’t have one because she was white! That sparked an interesting conversation about the inappropriate way in which the treatment and management of patients was dramatically different between the two racial groups on the ward. But she got her vaccination. And it was agreed that they would consider a change to the food menu at some point so that all patients were allowed to choose from the menu of the local Indian takeaway. Don’t know if the latter happened, I was out a couple of days later, and had moved before I had my 2nd child.

      Comment by nosnikrapzil | June 4, 2020 | Reply

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