February 17, 2022

New TB vaccines are our best hope for a world without TB — it’s time to step up and finally make them a reality.

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The TB Vaccine Advocacy Roadmap (TB Vax ARM), led by IAVI, the Treatment Action Group, Results UK, and the Global TB Caucus, today launched an international advocacy campaign ahead of the 6th Global Forum on TB Vaccines (February 22-25). Held under the High Patronage of President Emmanuel Macron and designated an official event of the agenda of the French Presidency of the European Union, the Global Forum is the world’s largest gathering of stakeholders aspiring toward new tuberculosis (TB) vaccines. New and effective TB vaccines will be critical to ending the centuries-long global TB epidemic, with the disease claiming 1.5 million lives in 2020 and cases of drug-resistant TB continuing to rise. But making new TB vaccines a reality necessitates significantly more resources.

Underpinning this campaign, the TB Vax ARM have sent two open letters to European leadership — the first addressed to President Macron, and the second addressed to the EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers of Health. The coalition of advocates seeks the renewed commitment of the French government, the European Union, and the governments of the EU members states to help deliver a fully funded TB vaccine pipeline by 2023. More specifically, they call on Europe to increase and sustain investments in TB research by €320 million annually, with €90 million specifically dedicated to vaccine R&D. This action follows an open letter sent to the G20 Finance and Health Ministers in October 2021 and includes revised fair share targets for EU member states.

 

Read the full press note.

Read the letter to President Emmanuel Macron of France.

Read the letter to the EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers of Health.

View the campaign toolkit.

 

PRESS CONTACT:

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Media Contacts

Africa

Ethel Makila
+254 71 904 3142
EMakila@iavi.org 

 

Europe

Hester Kuipers
+31 20 521 0343
HKuipers@iavi.org 

 

India

Devi Leena Bose
+91 11 4737 6031
DLeena@iavi.org 

 

North America

Rose Catlos
+1 212 847 1049
RCatlos@iavi.org