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World needs $4bn per year for R&D to beat tuberculosis


Research should target new diagnostics, medicines and vaccines, as Covid and wars worsen TB burden

The Stop TB Partnership has called for an increase in funding for tuberculosis R&D to meet the world’s goal of ending the disease by 2030. 

In a statement on 22 March ahead of World Tuberculosis Day (24 March), the Stop TB Partnership estimated that nearly US$20 billion will be needed yearly for prevention and care to meet the goal. This is a “substantial” increase from the pre-Covid-19 estimate of US$13bn a year. 

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