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MSF’s Refusal Of Pneumonia Vaccine Donation Raises Questions About Pricing, Intellectual Property Rights

The Atlantic: Why Doctors Without Borders Refused a Million Free Vaccines
“[Last] week the medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders refused a donation of one million vaccine doses from the pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer. It offered inoculations against a commonly fatal pneumonia — deliverable immediately, to people in need anywhere — and the doctors said no. The decision is the result of a fundamental impasse in modern health care. The heart of the refusal — which could well imperil children who would have received those vaccines — is a principled stand against the extremely high cost of many vaccines…” (Hamblin, 10/14).

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