CGD Policy Blogs
The Wall Street Journal today reported on prospects for Advance Market Commitments. The page 4 article, "Advance-Purchase Contracts Could Be Cure for Vaccine Sellers", (subscribers only), reviews ideas presented in "Making Markets for Vaccines", published by the Center for Global Development. The Journal says:
We've been pretty busy organising the launch this Thursday of the report of the CGD Working Group on Advance Market Commitments.
As I reported earlier, we've got a great line-up of speakers. Furthermore, as you may have seen in the Press Release, we have already had some great feedback from policy-makers and other experts:
Anna Mkapa, wife of the President of Tanzania, spoke at a symposium on Tanzania-Duke University collaboration, held at the Duke University Medical Centre yesterday.
"The sad thing is that there is in the world the technological know how and the financial resources to significantly lift the burden of diseases from the countries such as Tanzania," she said.
Today ArmeniaLiberty.com, an arm of Radio Free Europe, featured a piece on Armenia's MCA compact proposal. The piece, Armenia Makes New Bid for Extra U.S. Aid reports that Armenia has submitted a $175 million proposal to the Millennium Challenge Corporation, "almost six months after its initial application was found to be unrealistic." The initial proposal was for $900 million.
The UK government and the world's largest pharmaceutical companies today committed to work together to improve access to medicines for the world's poorest countries.
Richard Kogan is a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities, specializing in federal budget issues, including aggregate spending, revenues, surpluses and deficits, and debt. He is also an expert in the congressional and executive budget processes and budget accounting concepts. He served for twenty years on the staff of the Committee on the Budget of the U.S.