Greater R&D Funding Needed to Fight Diseases Affecting World’s Poor

Despite significant advancements in increasing distribution and development of vaccines against childhood killer diseases – including pneumococcal disease, rotavirus, and Haemophilus influenzae Type B – global efforts to reduce the burden of infection from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) has greatly lagged, argues Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) President Dr. Peter Hotez in an article for the June edition of Health Affairs.

In partnership with the Fraunhofer Center for Molecular Biotechnology and the Walter Reid Army Institute for Research, the Sabin Vaccine Institute has successfully expressed the hookworm-derived antigen Na-APR-1.

Dr. Peter Hotez, Sabin’s President, recently authored an op-ed in The Hinducalling on a new modern India to “invest in neglected tropical disease (NTD) elimination efforts--including the development of drugs, diagnostics, and vaccines--that will reduce the large NTD burden in South Asia.”

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