CGD Policy Blogs
Africa needs more investment in research and manpower to boost vaccination rates that are less than half the global average, the director-general of the World Health Organization, Jong-Wook Lee, said on Wednesday.
Africa's vaccination coverage stood at around 30 percent, compared with a world coverage of more than 70 percent. The vaccines being used are also old. New investment is needed in research and development, but this is not really being done to a significant extent.
Here is the timetable, as far as we know it, for the G8 Summit in Gleneagles.
July 6-8, 2005
June 10-11, 2005
G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting, London
G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governorns Meeting, Washington
Africa Partners Forum, Abuja, Nigeria
- Full text of Making Markets for Vaccines report
- Four page brief Making Markets for Vaccines
- FAQ on Making Markets for Vaccines
- Full transcript of launch of Making Markets for Vaccines
- Making Markets for Vaccines web page
- Making Markets for Vaccines Press Release
Today the House Foreign Operations Subcommittee, one of two subcommittees that will decide FY 2006 funding allocations for the Millennium Challenge Account, held a hearing on the MCA. The sole witness was MCC CEO Paul Applegarth.
Julian Lob-Levyt, executive secretary of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization and CEO of the Vaccine Fund, and Ciro de Quadros, director of international programs at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, write in the Philadelphia Inquirer (free registration) on the 50th anniversary of the polio vaccine.
Merck has filed for approval for Rotateq, its vaccine to protect against rotavirus gastroenteritis. Merck also announced that it has plans to file for licensure of Rotateq in Australia, Canada, the EU and Mexico, as well as countries in Asia and Latin America in 2005.
Maurice Hilleman died yesterday. Dr Hilleman was a researcher at Merck & Co until 1984, played a key role in the development of many vaccines, including mumps, measles, chickenpox, pneumonia, meningitis and other diseases, saving tens of millions of lives.