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:

Afrique Centrale:   Sécurité en Afrique centrale - Le Cameroun va sanctuariser sa frontière avec le Tchad et la Centrafrique (news)
Les Dépêches de Brazzaville
6 July 2015

En vue d'augmenter les mesures de sécurité entre le Cameroun et la Centrafrique d'une part, le Cameroun et le Tchad d'autre part, le gouvernement camerounais a décidé de ... [read more]

Cameroon:   Rehabilitating Lake Chad - Cameroon Secures Fcfa 9 Billion (news)
Cameroon Tribune
6 July 2015

The climate change phenomenon and terrorist insurgency around Lake Chad resulting in land degradation have pushed the Lake Chad Basin Commission to widen its scope of sourcing for funding to address ... [read more]

Nigeria:   Chad Seizes Boko Haram Weapons in N'djamena (news)
Daily Independent
3 July 2015

Chadian security forces on Friday announced that they have seized a large cache of weapons including guns, rockets and ammunition, in a house in N'Djamena occupied by suspected members of the Boko ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com'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!