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Is polio eradication worth it?

It’s a question that seems almost rhetorical to most public health advocates. “Of course,” they say. “If we can, we should.” This is the conventional wisdom, often presumed to have been settled long ago and to be effectively beyond question. But historian Dr William Muraskin from the City University of New York has just published… » read more

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When European governments’ credit ratings were downgraded it became more expensive to raise money for health development projects For the past six years, the GAVI Alliance has been raising money on financial markets through the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm). This is achieved by selling ‘Vaccine Bonds’ to investors which gives GAVI cash to… » read more

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Want to buy cheap drugs?

Sale of the century: EU governments are selling off swine flu vaccines Having grossly overestimated the demand for vaccines against the once-dreaded H1N1 virus, health ministers across Western Europe are rushing to flog spare flu drugs in a mass medicines January sale. France ordered 94 million doses of the new flu vaccine and vaccinated just… » read more

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A new phenomenon is sweeping the Internet like a virus – they call it Spamiflu Tamiflu has now overtaken Viagra as the drug most frequently advertised in spam emails. Regulators fear criminals are cashing in on public anxiety over swine flu, with fake medicines and unproven ‘cures’ being sold online. Products claiming to contain Tamiflu… » read more

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