New TB Vaccine Study To Start Next Month

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An effective new TB vaccine is likely many years away, but the Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation announced that it will launch an immunization study in South Africa next month of a potential replacement for the BCG vaccine.

 

The BCG vaccine is not very effective, and Aeras has been working on developing a new and improved version. According to a story by Bloomberg news service, “the research will gauge the shot’s ability to prevent the lung disease in a trial starting next month involving 2,800 babies in South Africa.” Click here to read the full article.  

 

The news comes as the World Health Organization prepares to release its 2009 TB report tomorrow.

 

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