Union Health Minister on Tuesday stated that India has set a goal to eradicate tuberculosis by 2025.
Addressing the media, he said, “Govt is working relentlessly towards making India TB-free by 2025, 5 years before the global target of 2030. New Delhi extends its full support for a global plan for approving a new TB vaccine by 2025.”
“Just as vaccines were a game-changer in the battle against COVID, Global Plan calls for approving a new TB vaccine by 2025 and making it available to adults and adolescents in TB-affected nations”, said Mandaviya.
He added, “India is fully prepared and in an advanced stage for taking this forward.”
Indian Health minister also noted how more than 1.6 million across the world lost their lives because of TB in 2021 and it was the leading cause of death from infectious diseases before the COVID-19 pandemic.