GOOD NEWS! The World Health Assembly (WHA) calls for greater access to life saving vaccines. WHA is the World Health Organization (WHO) health policy setting body and is composed of health ministers from its 194 member states. Its main functions are to decide major policy questions, as well as to approve the WHO work programme and budget. At its sixty-eighth annual session held last week, WHA passed a resolution making a strong call for more affordable vaccines and greater transparency on vaccines prices.
This is good news for GRANs, and the global community lead by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) advocating for lower vaccine prices such as the pneumonia vaccine. This is especially good news for the one million children 0-5 years of age dying from preventable pneumonia in the developing world, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. A rather good campaign start. Let’s ramp up pressure on GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Pfizer to drop their prices. To receive regular MSF updates such as the one below, please enter your e-mail address under Sign up for Updates at http://afairshot.org