Last week Aeras and the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) announced the start of the Phase I trial of vaccine candidate ID93. he impact of such a new vaccine will have the potential to protect the health and save the lives of millions of people around the world, including the 8.8 million people who develop active TB and the 1.4 million people who die each year.
As seen in this YouTube video from the GAVI Alliance, a number of vaccine experts and politicians travelled to Bangladesh last year to see the progress underway in delivering GAVI vaccines, and discussed the powerful role that civil society has to play.
At the International Aids Society Conference in Washington D.C., 22 – 27 July 2012, ACTION launched two new mascots for TB and HIV! In their first outing at an international conference, they even got the chance to meet internationally renowned actress, comedian, and activist Whoopi Goldberg.
The Romanian Stop TB Campaign has launched a TB awareness campaign in Romania calling on Romanian decision makers to step up and to save lives. The main goals of the campaign are to raise awareness and to urge the Government and decision makers to approve and fully fund Romania’s proposed national multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) plan for 2012-15.
Fascinating evidence published this week has indicated that one day silk, the common material used for clothing, could help us reach more people with life-saving vaccines. This is because thestudy indicates proteins found in silk could remove the need for vaccines to be kept at low temperatures and therefore transported through cold chains.
Last week's 19th International AIDS Conference saw over 20,000 activists, scientists, health workers, celebrities, and people living with HIV from virtually every corner of the world together in Washington D.C. It was a historic occasion for countless reasons. As I replay the events of the week in my head however, I find my mind going back to two people among the countless faces I encountered.
What do we want? The end of AIDS! How do we want it? By tackling TB!