In India in 2020 a national lockdown took place as a result of the first wave of COVID-19 infections. The trend being witnessed across the country suggested that a large number of cases of TB in India were going undetected, and many patients could be on the verge of disease progression.1Jyoti Shelar, Doctors fear disease progression, drug resistance in patients with delayed diagnosis, 2020, https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/states-tb-notifications-dip-drastically/article31880116.ece
By April 2021 there are reports in India of the health service being overwhelmed by people dying of COVID.3"India COVID surge: Hospitals send SOS as record deaths registered", BBC, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-56870410 There are also begining to be reports of patients being unable to get treatment for TB.
I'm a TB patient and i'm 20 years old. I can't find any treatment because only corona situation in my country. No any doctors want to treat me please help.4Personal communication
The number of patients with COVID and the number of deaths from COVID in each state at the end of April 2021 is listed below. Also listed is the number of deaths in each state from TB in 2019.
|State Name||Population (Lakhs) (100,000)||TB Deaths|
April 30th 2021
|Dadra & Nagar Haveli|
& Daman & Diu
|Jammu & Kashmir||146||295||2253|
The Need for a Better TB Vaccine
In 2021 the number of deaths from COVID-19 will massively exceed the number of deaths from TB. But in subsequent years the use of COVID-19 vaccines should mean that the number of deaths from COVID-19 will massively decline but the number of deaths from TB is likely to continue.
If a COVID-19 vaccine can be produced so quickly when will a new TB vaccine be developed?
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Author Annabel Kanabus
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