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Pharma will attempt to make a vaccine for practically anything it would seem if there is a decent possibility that it could be lucrative.
With this bird flu however, it seems to me that they are jumping the gun as it is not transmitted from human to human. The "potential" for this virus to mutate so it is spread from human to human for me is not enough (even if I was very provaccine) to support developing a vaccine for this.
If we are talking natural ways to boost the immune system - they don't focus on that because there is no money to be made.
One problem with that is that immune systems are not responding to vaccines as expected. People are developing autoimmune disorders as the result of vaccines, which suggests that vaccines are actually harming immune systems.
I agree. I think more money should be spent on health issues that affect so many rather than hypothetical disease scenarios.
Consider tropical disease - so many people suffer from them, yet efforts are not strong to eradicate them. Why? Money. Tropical disease affect poor people - and poor people cannot pay for the meds or vaccines.
" In the absence of financial incentives for new products, the multinational pharmaceutical companies have not embarked on substantive research and development programs for the neglected tropical disease vaccines. "
"Despite their significance, relatively little financial support has been provided to address NTDs, com- pared to the burden of ill health that they cause. This is especially regrettable, since significant prog- ress has been made to control or eliminate some of the NTDs, including Chagas disease, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, and leprosy. It is also lamentable because, a “rapid-impact package”
of four drugs is available that can simultaneously treat the seven most common NTDs for between 40 cents and 80 cents per person per year."
Also, seems like the victims had underlying conditions. One always needs to know who succumbs to disease - it doesn't seem like young healthy people died... (all deaths are horrible. But knowing who is susceptible makes a difference).
MSF (or Doctors Without borders) has concerns about the sustainability of vaccine programs in developing nations.