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Poor Could Benefit From Simpler TB Vaccine: S.Africa Trial

The South African Mail &Guardian Online news reported two weeks ago that older percutaneous TB vaccination method was just effective as the newer intradermal method which is WHO endorsed. The study was conducted in over 11,000 children in an area with one of the highest rates of TB in the world. The newer method is cheaper, but also requires more skill and trained healthcare workers.

However, “giving governments the choice of method should also make it easier for them to find the funding and to band together to enjoy economies of scale when buying the percutaneous vaccines and tools, driving down the price and luring more manufacturers into the market.”

“The researchers will now approach the WHO and other bodies to amend the international guidelines so that countries can choose the technique that best suits their circumstances.” The full story can be viewed at M&G Online.

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Written by Aman

November 8, 2006 at 2:12 am

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