TB community demands WHO include TB on “Priority Pathogens” list

On February 27, the WHO released its first Global priority list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to guide research, discovery and development of new antibiotics, which includes 12 families of bacteria that “pose the greatest threat to human health”. The WHO excludes M. tuberculosis from this “Priority Pathogens” list, and has subsequently sparked fierce controversy within the infectious disease and public health communities. A number of organizations have submitted letters of protest to the WHO demanding that M. tuberculosis be included on the list, including the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, the TB Alliance, and the Stop TB Partnership.

Learn more about the TB community’s response through the links below:

The World Health Organization made a big mistake on TB. It must fix it.

Global TB Community Reaction to Exclusion of TB from WHO List of Bacteria in Need of New Antibiotics