Chinese CDC and Aeras sign MOU to develop new tuberculosis vaccines

The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Aeras said they signed a memorandum of understanding “to advance research and development of new tuberculosis vaccines.” The new collaboration “will accelerate research efforts for new vaccines by supporting studies that determine the incidence of TB infection, and will aim to strengthen the capacity within China to conduct future vaccine clinical trials.” The announcement noted that “while China has achieved significant reductions in TB illness and death over the past 30 years, TB remains a major public threat, with over one million new cases in China each year. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine last year found that one in 10 cases of TB in China are resistant to the most commonly-used drugs. Based on the World Health Organization’s estimates of global multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), China has the highest annual number of cases of MDR-TB in the world—a quarter of the cases worldwide.” Dr. Wang Yu, China CDC Director General, said, ”…we have embraced innovation in our TB control efforts in China. We have adopted the latest technologies to diagnose TB. We have advanced innovative approaches to address TB and drug-resistant TB, and to promote the research that is necessary to urgently develop needed new tools to prevent, diagnose and treat it. We have made TB a high priority on our public health agenda, and will continue to seek out new and better ways to prevent and treat TB in communities across our country. But we know that this will not be enough. We will not defeat TB in our country or in the world without new, more effective vaccines. There is a coordinated, global effort underway to develop these urgently needed vaccines, and China must be a partner in this endeavor. With that goal in mind, we are excited to announce a new collaboration with Aeras to advance the research and development of new, more effective vaccines.”…

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