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A strong call for more affordable vaccines from the World Health Assembly

A strong call for more affordable vaccines from the World Health Assembly

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

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Hi Supporters,

Last time you heard from us, we were at GSK’s shareholder meeting. This week, we were at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, where governments just passed a resolution that made a strong call for more affordable vaccines and greater transparency on vaccine prices. The resolution was adopted by all member states, with more than 60 countries – including Algeria, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Lebanon, Libya, Ecuador, Egypt, Indonesia, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand, Pakistan, the Philippines, and the Republic of Korea, among others – explicitly stating their support.

We stand by this strong signal governments are sending pharma companies, as it reflects the sad reality that vaccines are becoming too expensive for a large part of the world’s population.

Help us build on this momentum and ramp up the pressure on Pfizer and GSK. Let’s drop the price, not the momentum.

TWEET:

">. Govts have spoken out & passed a resolution! VAX prices are too expensive. Drop the pneumonia VAX price to $5/child #AskPharma

Thanks so much for your support and action,

Your #AFairShot Team

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