On March 24, Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation recommitted itself to developing new and better TB vaccines and observed World TB Day 2010 by participating in events on three continents, the group said in a press release.
In Spain the senior director of external affairs, spoke at a Parliamentary briefing in Madrid on the role of new tools in improving the global response to TB.
Peg Willingham also attended an event in Barcelona organized by the Barcelona TB Research Unit and a World TB Day Symposium at the European Parliament in Brussels organized by the Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative, the Stop TB Partnership, the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership, Global Health Advocates and the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation.
In South Africa, Aeras was scheduled to participate in a TB awareness march in Cape Town on March 27, which marked the conclusion of a month-long torch relay that passed through all seven provinces in South Africa to raise awareness of TB.
Aeras also participated in a TB Health Expo organized by the TB/HIV Care Association in Cape Town on March 24 to raise awareness about TB and TB/HIV and available services and resources.
In the United States, Aeras collaborated with the Stop TB Partnership and several other organizations on a reception in New York to celebrate the launch of R&B singer Craig David as Goodwill Ambassador Against Tuberculosis.
Aeras general counsel Rita Khanna discussed the role of the private sector in TB vaccine development on a panel titled "Business Action Against TB: Collaborating for Deeper Impact." Aeras also partnered with RESULTS Canada, Assembly of First Nations and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami to co-sponsor a reception in Ottawa, on international and domestic perspectives on the worldwide tuberculosis crisis.