Battle for a Vaccine


THIS COULD HURT : Jakarta says that the development and distribution of a bird-flu vaccine is unfair

Each year 1.4 million children under the age of 5, almost all from the developing world, die from diseases that could be easily prevented with a vaccine. For most of us, those needless deaths prick our consciences and motivate us to open our wallets, but they don't threaten our own health. Avian influenza is different. Though the H5N1 virus is spreading and killing mainly in Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand, the possibility that bird flu could mutate and become a pandemic is a serious threat to us all. That's why Jakarta's fight with the World Health Organization (WHO) over how an avian-flu...

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