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New tuberculosis vaccine could save 8.5 million lives

Words by Blyth Brentnall

For the first time in 100 years, the world may have a new vaccine for tuberculosis, an infectious bacterial disease that affects millions of people each year worldwide.

This sounds hopeful.

Yes, it’s hopeful. What’s more, philanthropic institutions will provide up to $550m for the vaccine’s development.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide about $400 million for its final trials, while the charitable science foundation, Wellcome, will add up to $150 million to that funding.

Over the course of 25 years, a vaccine with at least 50% efficacy could prevent up to 76 million new tuberculosis cases and save 8.5 million lives.

“With TB cases and deaths on the rise, the need for new tools has never been more urgent,” said Bill Gates.

The World Health Organisation also welcomed the foundations’ support and promised to help develop the vaccine.

Charity check-in

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

The Life You Can Save. They work to help end malaria around the world. Consider donating

TB A!ert. They are working towards a future without tuberculosis. Support them here

Doctors Without Borders. Medical workers supporting people through crises. Find out more

This article aligns with the UN SDG Good Health and Wellbeing.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs