Invest in new TB vaccines to save millions of lives! An open letter to world leaders to fulfil promises to deliver #newTBvaccines

The devastating impact of TB

TB is a preventable, treatable, and curable disease, yet continues to cause devastation the world over. In 2020, at least 1.5 million people died from TB, including 200,000 children, and almost 10 million people fell ill with the disease. Even in the face of COVID-19, TB remained the leading infectious cause of death in much of the world.

Invest in TB vaccines to save millions of lives!

We have seen unprecedented development of multiple COVID-19 vaccines in the last 18 months, but there is only one available TB vaccine – the century old Bacille Calmette Guerin (BCG). BCG is ineffective in adults and is not completely effective against the most severe forms of TB, such as TB meningitis, in children.

New TB vaccines are on the horizon, but their success is not guaranteed. World leaders pledged to deliver at least USD $2 billion annually for TB research, including vaccines, at the 2018 United Nations High-Level Meeting (UNHLM) to End TB. Despite these commitments, TB research is impeded by an annual US$1.1 billion shortfall, while funding for TB vaccines has never exceeded US$120 million per year. These commitments cannot be in vain. We need to make up for lost time.

An Open Letter to G20 Health & Finance Ministers

The TB Vaccine Advocacy Roadmap (TB Vax ARM) represents a global coalition of TB stakeholders, including TB survivors, civil society organizations, and scientific non-profits, invested in TB vaccine advocacy and research. We have come together to deliver an open letter the G20 Health and Finance Ministers, signed by TB survivors and over 50 organisations around the world, with a call for them to fulfil their commitments to fund TB vaccine research. Learn more about how to get involved in TB vaccine advocacy at www.newtbvaccines.org/take-action.

We call upon our leaders to uphold global commitments to End TB by 2030 by ensuring an annual investment of US$1 billion to deliver a fully funded and financed TB vaccine pipeline by 2023 to make new TB vaccines possible as early as 2025.

Keep scrolling to learn more about the campaign and join our call to political leaders.


  1. Use suggested messages with the accompanying images, including testimonials from TB survivors from the G20 states (available in multiple languages)
  2. Post on social media with the campaign hashtags: #newTBVaccines and #TBvoices
  3. Don't forget to tag your political leaders and the G20 (@g20org)
The @g20org Finance & Health Ministers meet in Rome this Fri 29 Oct. Join #TBsurvivors & 55+ organizations around the 🌍 as we call them to fund #newTBvaccines to End TB by 2030. 🔗Visit bit.ly/TBVaxG20 📩Read the letter 📢Share the call to action. Read, retweet, repeat!
In 2018 world leaders committed to funding #newTBvaccines to End TB by 2030. They have yet to fulfil their promise. Join our call to @g20org leaders to provide at least $1 billion per year to make #newTBvaccines a reality. 💉Learn more at bit.ly/TBVaxG20
We stand with TB affected communities around the 🌍 & call for the @g20org to make up for lost time & fulfil their commitments to fund #newTBvaccines to End TB by 2030. Read the open letter at bit.ly/TBVaxG20
It's time our leaders listen to the voices of those affected by TB & fulfil their promise to fund #newTBvaccines to End TB by 2030. Read & share the Open Letter to the @g20org signed by TB survivors, organizations, & supporters across the 🌍 at bit.ly/TBVaxG20.
We raise our voices as a global TB community and look to the @g20org to to deliver #newTBvaccines to End TB by 2030! Support #TBvoices from across the 🌍 with our Open Letter at bit.ly/TBVaxG20
An investment in #newTBvaccines is an investment in #globalhealth. Learn more about why our leaders must fulfil their commitments to fund TB vaccine research & join our call to action at bit.ly/TBVaxG20
In 2018, world leaders committed to develop #newTBvaccines to #EndTB by 2030. They didn’t fulfil their promise. Join TB survivors & 55+ organizations around the 🌍 as we call the @g20org to deliver the funding needed to make new TB vaccines a reality. 🔗bit.ly/TBVaxG20
Imagine what we can achieve when we work together for TB. Imagine a TB-free world. Watch this video from @newtbvaccines and join #TBvoices all over the 🌍 as we call for our leaders to make #newTBvaccines a reality. Learn more at bit.ly/TBVaxG20.
Meet Phumeza Tisile, XDR-TB survivor & South African TB ambassador with a vision of a TB-free world. Join Phumeza & other #TBvoices from around the 🌍 to discover how we can achieve it with #newTBvaccines. Learn more at bit.ly/TBVaxG20.

Send the letter

Help us reach out to decision-makers by downloading the template letter and sending it to political leaders in your country.

Does your organisation want to endorse the letter or would you like to sign on as a country representative? Then email Shaun Palmer at spalmer@iavi.org.