© Albert Jan Rasker

What can existing vaccines do for COVID-19? This is the question that Professor Hans Rasker, rheumatologist, asked himself at the beginning of the corona crisis. “Children were not, or scarcely, afflicted by it. Young adults and those up until their fifties were getting it in a less severe form. I thought that was crazy. I realized that people over fifty were most likely never vaccinated against measles. Maybe that vaccine, a manipulated virus, offers protection against COVID-19?”

The measles vaccine was developed in 1971 in the United States, along with the vaccine against mumps and rubella. “Since 1975, nearly all children in the Netherlands have been vaccinated with this vaccine. According to the World Health Organization, 86% of children worldwide receive this particular combination in their first year of life.”

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