Eradication of tuberculosis by 2050 impossible without new vaccine

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 27 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1291
  1. Richard Smith
  1. 1Rio de Janeiro

    The search for new drugs and vaccines to target tuberculosis has seen a “phenomenal sea change,” with more than 20 products in the pipeline, delegates heard at the Simply, Stopping Tuberculosis conference in Rio de Janeiro.

    However, Jerald Sadoff, president of Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation, warned that the aim of the Stop TB Partnership to eradicate the disease by 2050 will be unreachable without a new vaccine. The existing vaccine, BCG, works in only 15-40% of children and possibly not at all in adults, he said.

    The conference heard that the main …

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