Last week, the United Nations released its biannual population projections (World Population Prospects: The 2006 Revision). In it, the UN reported something that we are painfully aware of: we are getting older. The U.S. is the only major developed country that is not yet aging, and the UN projections indicate that one in four people in the world will be over 60 in 2050.
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Intellectual property rights have been in the news quite a bit recently in light of the ongoing controversy over Novartis' pursuit of patent rights for its cancer drug Gleevec in India as well as Abbott's announcement that it will not register any new drugs in Thailand following the government's decision to iss
There have been several interesting articles on the vaccine front recently:
- The U.S. State Department has devoted an entire issue of eJournalUSA to the subject of life-saving vaccines.
- The Banker shares an analysis of the International Finance Facility for Immunization from the perspective of the financial and investment community.
Conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs have been implemented in many Latin American countries as strategies to reduce poverty and increase human capital. Rigorous impact evaluations often accompanying these interventions demonstrate their important potential to improve social welfare among poor families.
The vaccine industry is looking healthier and happier than it has in years, according to The Economist, thanks to the combination of new science, new money and new recognition of the value of prevention. The advances in adjuvants - ingredients in vaccines that make the antigens go further and work better - and new ways to deliver vaccines without needles, such as nasal sprays mean that genuine innovations are hitting the market.
Last week, the New York Times reported on recent findings that the combination of one inexpensive antibiotic pill each day and sleeping under an insecticide-treated mosquito net can reduce the incidence of malaria by 97 percent in HIV-positive children in Uganda. If the results hold up to further analysis and critical review, this study can be understood as further support for the proposition that a combination of malaria interventions can do substantially better against malaria than any single intervention by itself.
Perhaps as a build up to the Global Fund's second replenishment process, which is in full swing in Oslo this week, there has been quite a buzz about new money for the Global Fund moving its assets to over 10 billion dollars. Two weeks ago, the Global Fund announced that with its newly pledged historic contribution of US$724 million for FY07, the United States contributions and commitments now total at US$3 billion, which constitutes 29% of all paid in contributions and firm pledges. Japan has also stepped up to the plate with a recent contribution: