Researchers ignore capitalism when it comes to three of the most threatening infectious diseases
The 2014-2016 Ebola crisis in West Africa sounded an alarm about the major shortcomings in global preparedness for serious epidemics and public health emergencies. The second annual World Health Organisation Blueprint list of 2018 identified eight diseases and pathogens with serious epidemic potential that lacked efficacious drugs and/or vaccines. Ebola virus disease (EVD) and Rift Valley fever (RVF) are among them. Chikungunya (CHIKV) was considered for inclusion and deemed a major health risk. These diseases favour low- and middle-income countries and market incentives for vaccine development are lacking. EU funding of the ECRC project is helping the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation in Norway accelerate vaccine development to protect the health and economic well-being of millions.
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