Commentary: Needed: A Marshall Plan For Vaccines

For years, Harvard School of Public Health Dean Barry R. Bloom was a voice crying in the wilderness. Doesn't the industrial world care, he wondered, that more than 11 million people are killed each year by malaria, tuberculosis, AIDS, and other major scourges? Or that vaccination rates and life expectancy are falling among many of the world's 2 billion poor people? But his pleas fell mostly on deaf ears. As a result, efforts to develop new vaccines and drugs have been pitifully inadequate.

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