YSPH EMD Seminar Series: World TB Day- "COVID-19’s Devastating Effect on Tuberculosis Care — The Path to Recovery Must Address Vaccine Apartheid"
The Covid-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on every aspect of global health, but tuberculosis services have been disproportionately affected. TB case notifications have plummeted because of pandemic-related disruptions in services and tuberculosis mortality has increased. Because of vaccine inequity, new variants of SARS-CoV-2 (such as omicron) are emerging and particularly affect countries with low vaccine coverage and high rates of poverty and TB. Ending the Covid-19 pandemic quickly is critical for rebuilding TB services and other essential health services. To end the pandemic, we must end the vaccine apartheid.
McGill International TB CentreMadhukar Pai, MD, PhDCanada Research Chair in Translational Epidemiology and Global Health