'Covidization' Of Resources Brings Huge Disruption For TB Patients, Researchers
Redirection of healthcare resources to tackle COVID-19 is posing huge challenges for TB care and researchers in the area. Companies like J&J have stepped in to support, among other aspects, innovative community-based solutions to ensure continuity of care for drug resistant-TB patients amid the pandemic.
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