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Missing TB cases are an important metric for disease control as undiagnosed, untreated cases may spread the infection in the community.
According to the India TB Report 2020, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the govt was committed to eliminating TB from the country by 2025.
All countries need to urgently tackle coronavirus, but not at the cost of existing health priorities, which have been hit badly by lockdowns.
The study further stated that due to the coronavirus pandemic, five years of progress on tuberculosis treatment could be lost.
India accounts for over one-fourth of TB cases around the world, and experts fear there could be a surge in numbers once the Covid-19 lockdown is lifted.
In a letter, health ministry secretary Preeti Sudan says production of TB drugs has been affected due to limited manpower, availability of raw materials and transport facilities.
Adar Poonawalla, CEO, Serum Institute of India, said if the BCG vaccine proves its efficacy against Covid-19, it will provide a far safer alternative as it lacks side effects.
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US study finds a correlation between countries that require citizens to get BCG vaccine & those showing fewer confirmed cases & deaths from Covid-19.
Tuberculosis keeps coming up in the context of the novel coronavirus pandemic. India’s tuberculosis burden has taught us a thing or two about infection control.