Aid for vaccines is subsidising Big Pharma, doctors claim | Sarah Boseley

From Aid | The Guardian Mon Feb 4 2013, 05:14:31

MSF concerned that immunisation schemes in poor countries are unsustainable, and often unsuitable for hot climates

Large sums of public money intended to ensure children in the developing world are immunised against disease are effectively being used to subsidise Big Pharma, doctors working in the field claim.

Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), the Nobel prize-winning organisation working on the frontline in remote and conflict areas, says vaccines bought with UK and other donor governments' money cost too much and are not designed for the needs of hot and impoverished countries. When the pot of money subsidising the high prices of western pharmaceutical companies runs out, developing world governments will not be able to afford the vaccines and children will continue to lose their lives, MSF says.

MSF is concerned that the deals between the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (Gavi), to which the UK was the biggest donor last year, and pharmaceutical companies such as the British giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Pfizer in the US, are not transparent and do not have inbuilt sustainability.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse

You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Tchad:   Le pays expulse treize ressortissants libyens installés à l'ambassade libyenne (news)
Radio France Internationale
29 August 2016

Au Tchad, les autorités ont demandé, il y a quelques jours, à une dizaine de ressortissants libyens travaillant à l'ambassade de quitter le territoire. En réaction, ... [read more]

Chad:   Lake Chad Basin - Boko Haram Violence Displaces 1.4 Million Children (news)
Cameroon Tribune
28 August 2016

A UNICEF Report released recently looks at the devastating impact of the Boko Haram insurgency and need for urgent humanitarian assistance. The United Nations Children's Fund has in a report issued on ... [read more]

Tchad:   Militaires disparus - «Si l'un de nous meurt, on le jette à l'eau» (news)
Radio France Internationale
29 August 2016

Pour n'avoir pas voté Idriss Déby à la présidentielle du 9 avril, 49 militaires ont été déportés à Wour, dans le Tibesti, dans des ... [read more]

blogAfrica is's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!