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Chinese CDC and Aeras sign agreement to collaborate on TB vaccine R&D
Date:8/2/2013

Beijing, China/Rockville, MD, USAAugust 2, 2013 With the global tuberculosis epidemic becoming more deadly, costly, and difficult to treat, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) and Aeras today signed a memorandum of understanding to advance research and development of new tuberculosis vaccines. An improved TB vaccine offers the best hope for eliminating this airborne infectious disease that kills 1.4 million people worldwide each year.

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 worlda quarter of the cases worldwide.

The new collaboration between China CDC and Aeras 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.

"Innovation is the key to controlling and ultimately eliminating this disease," said Dr. Wang Yu, China CDC Director General. "And 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 coun
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Contact: Annmarie Leadman
aleadman@aeras.org
240-599-3018
Aeras
Source:Eurekalert

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