Chopped by Gapeli (21/10/2020)
© The Union (20/10/2020)

The links between tuberculosis (TB), lung health and the COVID-19 pandemic. The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), the world's first global health NGO celebrated its one-hundredth birthday, yesterday on the 20 October.The President of The Union, Prof Guy Marks, recognised that a global health crisis – tuberculosis – could not be defeated without international collaboration and knowledge sharing, came together and founded The Union. Reflecting on the journey so far and the distance left to travel, Prof Guy Marks also made the links between tuberculosis (TB), lung health and the COVID-19 pandemic.Delegates from 135 countries, including nearly 1000 TB survivors, are attending the conference, originally set to take place in Seville, Spain.World Health Organization Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is among them. He stressed that the world cannot allow the pandemic to become an excuse for failing to deliver on the commitments made to end TB, tobacco and air pollution: “The pandemic will end, but TB, tobacco, air pollution and other lung diseases will continue to steal the breath and life of millions of people every year.”Results from a survey across 19 countries of people's attitudes towards a potential COVID-19 vaccine, to be published in Nature Medicine, will be presented by lead author Jeffrey Lazarus of ISGlobal, and he will talk about concerns around regionally low levels of vaccine acceptance.


Prof Guy Marks
President of the Union, Honorary Professor of Medicine, University of New South Wales (Australia).
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