RT-Engels: 24-07-2024,

Clinical trials of the new jab have passed the third stage, according to the head of the Gamaleya Research Institute

A vaccine protecting against tuberculosis infection (TB) could appear in Russia as early as next year, according to Aleksandr Gintsburg, the head of the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology.

He made the announcement at the Healthy Life Forum 2024 in Moscow on Wednesday, claiming that the jab has already passed the third stage of clinical trials.

“If everything goes as planned, the country will have its own booster vaccine by mid-2025 that will protect people from infection,” Gintsburg told the audience, as quoted by media.

He specified that the drug is intended to be a one-time injection. Clinical trials have been ongoing for a long time, with those who have already received the vaccine now being monitored by medical specialists.

Gintsburg said previously that the new jab could potentially change the epidemiology of tuberculosis.

The new shot will reportedly enhance the effect of the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine, currently the only available tuberculosis jab, released over a century ago. The BCG vaccination only partially protects children from tuberculosis and does not protect adolescents and adults from the disease.

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The Gamaleya-developed vaccine could reportedly be used not only for the prevention of tuberculosis but also for its treatment. There are currently no other dual-action drugs against mycobacterium tuberculosis in the world.

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