TB Alliance calls for TB to be added to WHO critical list

1 March 2017

The TB Alliance has called on the World Health Organisation to add Mycobacterium tuberculosis to the critical group of its recently-published list of drug-resistant bacteria.

The TB Alliance issued a statement on 28th February questioning TB's "shocking" absence from the list of priority pathogens.  In response, WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan reaffirmed the organisation's commitment to promoting research and development of new anti-TB drugs.  "Addressing drug-resistant TB research is a top priority for WHO and for the world", said Dr Chan.

Read more:

WHO list of bacteria for which new antibiotics are urgently needed (27th February 2017)

Statement by TB Alliance (28th February 2017)

Statement by WHO (28th February 2017)