New study finds vaccines for flu, measles and others help in fight against Covid-19

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Vaccines unconnected to Covid-19, such as flu and measles shots, help reduce pandemic caseloads, hospitalisation and mortality, a new University of Oxford study has found.

The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), investigated the impact of non-Covid-19-related vaccines such as inactivated influenza vaccine and oral polio vaccine, and whether they can offer protection against SARS-CoV-2 and reduce the severity of Covid-19.

The researchers developed a model that looked at different vaccines, taking into consideration age, compartmental susceptible explosion, infectivity and recovery. The model estimates the trajectory of Covid-19 based on different scenarios and assesses the potential impact of various non-pharmaceutical and behavioural change strategies, as well as treatments and vaccines.

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