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Breaking news on COVID-19 rapid testing and the impact of the novel coronavirus on pregnancy

Including important advances in COVID-19 research, including data on testing kits and pregnancy.

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Breaking news on COVID-19 rapid testing v laboratory-based testing and impact of the novel coronavirus on pregnancy

Third conference marked by Special Session assessing the COVID-19 responses of South Africa, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil Senegal and Turkey

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Important TB prevention, treatment and funding research unveiled

New data provides insights with potential real-world implications for people living with TB including a one-third reduction in treatment time. U.S. researchers say cost of not ending TB by 2030 will be US$3 trillion and over 28 million deaths

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Union World Conference opens with focus on impact of COVID-19 on global tuberculosis response and the state of play of SARS-CoV-2 scientific research

President Bill Clinton addresses delegates at the Opening Ceremony. New global survey of potential COVID-19 vaccine acceptance demonstrates widespread hesitancy across communities in Europe and the United States.

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Pre-conference advisory release

Official Opening Press Conference to launch new global survey of potential COVID-19 vaccine acceptance demonstrating widespread regional hesitancy

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Leading scientists Dr Michael T Osterholm and Maria Van Kerkhove to participate in official COVID-19 plenary session

Complete conference scientific programme unveiled

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Her Imperial Highness Crown Princess Akishino of Japan confirmed to attend the 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health

As Patroness of the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association (JATA), HIH Crown Princess Akishino of Japan will also give a speech at the Presentation Ceremony of the Princess Chichibu Memorial TB Global Award during the Closing Ceremony on 24 October.

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President Bill Clinton and WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus confirmed as speakers

TB survivors Tamaryn Green (South Africa) and Divya Sojan (India) to address the Opening Ceremony. Symposia session to publish new data on immunology post-partum outcomes of pregnant women with SARS-CoV-2.

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51st Union World Conference on Lung Health to be held virtually from 20-24 October 2020

Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and a member of the White House COVID-19 taskforce to deliver keynote address on COVID-19 science

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Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Shannon Hader and Katherine Maher, CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation confirmed as speakers

Study co-authored by United Nations Special Envoy for Tuberculosis estimates global economic cost of not ending TB by 2030. Breaking news on COVID-19 science, promising trial results around a blood tuberculosis (TB) biomarker and new TB treatment breakthrough for children, among other conference scientific highlights as full programme unveiled.

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