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Old Polio Vaccine Could Help Protect Against COVID-19, Experts Say

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- The University of Maryland School of Medicine doctor who helped co-discover the virus that causes AIDS is working to figure out if an old polio vaccine could help protect against COVID-19.

Scientists think this could help boost the immune system until there's a COVID-19 vaccine.


Doctor Robert Gallo and the Baltimore-based Global Virus Network hope to begin studies on the oral polio vaccine soon, but they're waiting for federal approval before trials can begin.

For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department's website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ's coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

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