Presents the history of the Children's Vaccine Initiative, examining its successes and failures in promoting the development of both new and improved vaccines for the Third World.
Tracing the history of the Children’s Vaccine Initiative (CVI), this book examines its successes and failures in promoting the development of both new and improved vaccines for the Third World. The CVI has achieved many successes, including making vaccination a top international public sector priority. Most of its failures have stemmed from the often bitter competition between the fledgling Initiative and the notoriously turf-conscious and inefficient World Health Organization (WHO), over their respective roles in championing vaccines.
Vaccines are the most inexpensive means of improving the health and lowering the mortality of people in the Third World, where infectious diseases kill millions of children every year. As a result of the biotechnology revolution, it is possible that a whole array of new vaccines can be created for diseases which are not yet preventable. What has stood in the way of this major medical breakthrough has been that vaccine “product development” has been in the hands of commercial companies, whose activities are dominated by the need for maximizing profit, which the Third World poor cannot generate.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.04(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
William Muraskin is Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College, City University of New York. He is the author of The War Against Hepatitis B: A History of the International Task Force on Hepatitis B Immunization and Middle Class Blacks in a White Society: Prince Hall Freemasonry in America.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations
1. The Intellectual Origins of the Children's Vaccine Initiative
2. The Political Origins of the Children's Vaccine Initiative
3. The CVI Builds a Structure and Tries to Link the Public and Private Sectors
4. Can Quality Vaccines Be Produced in Asia?
5. A Coup against the World Health Organization is Proposed
6. The CVI Loses Its Fight to Remain Independent of WHO
Appendix. The International Vaccine Institute: A CVI Spin-off Pioneers a More Aggressive Path