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Jakarta Post

Old vaccine, new hope? Give OPV a chance

  • Marsia Gustiananda and Siswo Pramono


Jakarta   /   Fri, July 24, 2020   /  10:17 am
Old vaccine, new hope? Give OPV a chance COVID-19 vaccine race (JP/T. Sutanto)

In an emergency, innovation — not invention — can be a solution. This might be the case with oral polio vaccine (OPV) being used as a potential vaccine for COVID-19. The World Health Organizations’ “Situation Report 15” says the threshold for Indonesia’s positivity rate should be below 5 percent.  However, some provinces have a positivity rate of between 15 and 25 percent. Immediate measures are needed to curb the very aggressive SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Indonesia, like many other countries, is struggling to develop a vaccine for this new coronavirus. The development of vaccines usually takes a long time. The longer the delay, the more victims COVID-19 will claim. Science magazine published an article by Peter Chumakov et al titled “Can Existing Live Vaccines Prevent COVID-19?” (

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