Could Polio Vaccine Corral Covid-19? | WYPR

Could Polio Vaccine Corral Covid-19?

Aug 28, 2020

In this July 29, 1962 file photo, Mrs. Dayton George holds her son, Brian, 2, as she and her family take the Sabin oral polio vaccine in Richardson, Texas.
Credit Ferd Kaufman/Associated Press

A safe, effective vaccine against Covid-19 could resurrect jobs, send kids back to classrooms--change our lives. But how safe and effective? And how quickly can we have it? Dr. Robert Gallo, the AIDS-research pioneer now leading virus science at the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Global Virus Network, argues we could get much of the benefit by inoculating people with an old, very cheap drug -- the oral Polio vaccine developed seven decades ago. Gallo contends it would trigger our ‘innate immunity’-- the body’s emergency response when a threat shows up.

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