COVID-19 Hackathon

COVID-19 Hackathon

Hackathon Call for Proposals

Motivation:

Finding a treatment for COVID-19 will be a long-term and difficult process, and research into vaccines can take many years.

A number of researchers have recently suggested that a century-old vaccine BCG can cause a boost of the immune system. Possibly, this could be the reason for the relatively low COVID-19-attributed death rates in countries with long-term universal BCG vaccination policy.  A number of clinical trials with BCG have started already, but results will not be available for many months.
We are organising a hackathon on a globally representative dataset of BCG vaccines and COVID-19 mortality rates, to explore whether there is evidence on whether inoculation with the BCG vaccine decreases the mortality rates. If this is the case, we want to investigate which of the different strains of the vaccine have the biggest effect on mortality.
Using machine learning and Opensource technologies, we hope to be able to provide support for the role of BCG vaccinations or an alternative hypothesis which states that factors like average age of population are responsible for the different mortality rates.

We are volunteers who are gathering information of BCG vaccines and COVID-19 mortality rates, to explore whether there is evidence in current data on whether inoculation with the BCG vaccine decreases the mortality rates.

We are looking for volunteers who are willing to help us to gather further information on BCG vaccine and COVID-19 relationship.
 
The Task:
  • Improve BCG Atlas data for BCG vaccine with the help of Text Mining
  • Insights for BCG medical trails, e.g. does BCG vaccine strain, vaccination age, revaccination have an effect on COVID-19 mortality

Research & News on Media for BCG

Scientific Papers for BCG

BCG vaccination relation to COVID-19

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Criticism

BCG vaccination might have immune-boosting effects

BCG Strain

Clinical Trials with BCG

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Scientific Papers for MMR Vaccine