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Publication type: Journal Article

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Is G8 putting profits before the world's poorest children?
The Lancet 2007 Jul 28; 370:(9584):297-298
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607611386/fulltext


Abstract:

Several affluent countries have announced donations totalling US$1·5 billion to buy new vaccines that will help eradicate pneumococcal diseases in the world’s poorest children.1 Donations from the UK, Italy, Canada, Russia, and Norway launch what many hope will be a new era to ease the burdens of disease and foster economic growth. Yet only a quarter of the money will be spent on covering the costs of vaccines-three-quarters will go towards extra profits for vaccines that are already profitable…


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