Drive to vaccinate children in developing countries faces “acute crisis” because of high costs

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 12 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2576
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    Médecins Sans Frontières and Oxfam International have warned that the global campaign to vaccinate children in poor countries is being hampered by high prices and is facing an acute funding crisis.

    A report issued by the charities says that multiple factors make delivering vaccines to children in developing countries difficult. These include “high prices of newer vaccines, the lack of R&D [research and development] for better-adapted and needed vaccines, as well as weak health systems with corresponding health worker shortages.”

    Despite their impact, vaccines have generally received less attention than drugs in the past, says the report. But “the vaccine landscape is shifting,” and new opportunities, challenges, and debates have “pushed vaccines to the centre …

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