“The report, entitled Giving Developing Countries the Best Shot, shows how because of the fundamental nature of the vaccine market, it still takes years for expensive new vaccines developed for wealthy countries to reach children across the developing world, and that products emerging from the research pipeline are often insufficiently adapted to developing country needs and conditions,” said Dr. Tido von Schoen-Angerer, Director of the MSF Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines.
The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), which leads international efforts to boost immunisation rates in developing countries, has reported considerable success in expanding access to vaccines against Hib and Hepatitis B, two diseases that cause considerable mortality. But the organisation is now facing an acute cash crisis due to high prices for new vaccines and stagnating donor resources. Without an additional US$2.4 billion in donor contributions, GAVI will have to make significant cut-backs that will reduce access to vaccines in poor countries.
Borrie La Grange, MSF, South Africa +27 79 8722 950
Rohit Malpani, Oxfam International +1 202 415 55