The Urgent Need for New Vaccines
Fighting an Epidemic
Tuberculosis (TB) kills more people than any other single infectious disease agent in the world, causing 10.4 million illnesses and taking 1.8 million lives in 2015. It’s a shocking milestone.
Because TB is an airborne disease, people often say “TB anywhere is TB everywhere.” The threat of drug-resistant TB adds another layer of concern. Treatment for TB is long, expensive, and has some nasty side effects. And after treatment, it is possible to get TB again. And again.
The existing TB vaccine, BCG, is now almost 100 years old and is only moderately effective in preventing severe TB in infants and young children. It works even less well in adolescents and adults, who are most at risk for developing and spreading TB, and has failed to halt the TB epidemic.
It doesn’t have to be this way. We can and must do better.
New Tools are Critical
New tools – drugs, diagnostics and vaccines – are critical to end the threat of TB. Vaccines are game-changing innovations, helping to stop other deadly diseases, such as smallpox and polio. TB can be next.
Aeras is a nonprofit organization developing new, effective TB vaccines that are affordable and accessible to all who need them. We work through partnerships around the world to advance TB vaccine development.
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