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FT Article on Development of Medicines

Financial TimesThere is a good article about vaccines in today's FT, which quotes the work that we have been doing:
"Owen Barder, who leads a public health program at the US Center for Global Development, a think-tank, says: "One representative from the pharmaceutical industry told us that in some ways, actually discovering a vaccine for Aids was their biggest nightmare." Malaria kills at least 1m people a year and HIV/Aids more than 3m, both mai

UK Statement of Policy on Malaria Vaccines

portcullis.gifThe UK Government yesterday answered a written Parliamentary Question (a mechanism for formal statements of policy) on advance purchases of a malaria vaccine.
Tom Brake: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what agreements with the private sector he has reached since his announcement on 24 November 2004 on the advance purchases of malaria vaccines; and what deadline he has set for these agreements to be reached. [218144]

The Business of AIDS Vaccines

Red HerringThe Red Herring yesterday published analysis of the business of AIDS vaccines, highlighting the limited public sector funding growth is turning attention to the private sector. Under current circumstances, the private sector has limited motivation to participate.

A Strategy to Vaccinate the World

Washington PostToday's Washington Post has a very interesting piece on the economics of vaccine development.
"What's going on now is an attempt to bridge this gulf -- to harness the capitalist incentives that drive the drug companies and make them work for the world's poorest people, while preserving the idealism at the heart of the field of public

What is an Advance Market Commitment?

CGDThe essence of an advance market commitment is that sponsors would guarantee that, if a suitable vaccine is developed, they will pay for it to be bought and used in developing countries.