Desrosiers defends live AIDS vaccine, urges monkey trial
Ronald C. Desrosiers, the Harvard University researcher who developed a live attenuated AIDS vaccine, urges both sides in the fiery debate over possible human tests of the vaccine to rein in their emotions and keep calm on the issue. In a letter to the Nature Medicine journal, Desrosiers takes a middle ground between using live attenuated HIV-1 strains as a vaccine approach for AIDS and refraining from putting humans at risk with a live retrovirus vaccine. He also contends in the letter that placebo-controlled safety testing of an SIV vaccine in rhesus monkeys should be a priority in 1999.
Publication Name: Vaccine Weekly
Tiered pricing: a solution to vaccine access?
A tiered pricing system has been recommended by World Bank health expert Amie Batson as a means to facilitate global access to vaccines, even for new products. Instead of waiting for a product to enter maturity, tiered pricing allows prices to be set for different markets early in the product lifecycle. To recover the costs of vaccine production and development, vaccines will be priced higher in richer countries and marginally in poorer countries. Meanwhile, public agencies tasked with distributing vaccines to the poorest of nations can avail of these products at a reduced price.
Publication Name: World Disease Weekly Plus
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