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Greater political will needed to address TB vaccine development and future introduction challenges

A scientific symposium to kick-start discussion on novel areas of TB vaccine research was held in Bethesda, Maryland on March 7, 2011.

At a global gathering on TB vaccine development in Tallinn, Estonia (21-24 September 2010), the world’s top TB vaccine scientists, researchers and advocates met to review progress and challenges in the TB vaccine field and to set a renewed course for future directions in the TB vaccine development.

Geneva, Switzerland (May 19, 2010) – An article summarizing the need and the current progress of new vaccines against tuberculosis appeared today in the scientific journal, The Lancet, as part of their latest series, which is on tuberculosis.

The search for new TB vaccines received an important boost today when the United States President, George W. Bush, signed into law important legislation to reauthorize the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The historic bipartisan effort marks a significant advance in addressing HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, and for the first time calls for US government support for the research and development of new tuberculosis vaccines.