Somali patients are pictured at Banadir hospital in Mogadishu on April 24, 2013. Somali children under one year of age will now receive the pentavalent vaccine, a combination of five vaccines in one against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) - the bacteria that cause meningitis, pneumonia. The initiative was launched by the GAVI Alliance, UNICEF and WHO. Somalia has one of the lowest immunisation rates in the world. The launch coincides with World Immunization Week.
To actually get agreement on something like this with wide member state involvement, you need some sort of platform to negotiate ... GAVI and the Global Fund are first and foremost mechanisms for procurement for commodities that already exist. The R&D; landscape is completely different. In addition to agreeing on financing and doing collective action here, you also need to agree on some principles and norms on how to structure the R&D; system. That's a lot more complicated than just buying commodities in a market.
You cannot think that the R&D; mess that we are currently in is going to be solved with the GAVI model ... GAVI is basically about taking vaccines that have been produced by Pfizer, GSK, and by other northern pharmaceutical companies, and giving those companies huge subsidies so that they will give time-limited price discounts and accelerate delivery to the developing world.
You can argue about whether or not it should be through treaty or some other legal instrument, but that's a separate issue of whether the commitments should have a binding nature ... And if you look at what takes place at GAVI or these other PDPs or the Global fund, they've struggled to keep their funding levels up.More quotes »
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