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Vaccines Benefit Mainly the Rich
Arieff, Irwin


According to UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank, most children in wealthy nations are benefiting from vaccines, while just 50 percent of children in sub-Saharan Africa are immunized against common, vaccine-preventable diseases, such as tuberculosis, pertussis, and measles, and just 20 percent of children in isolated areas of developing countries receive vaccinations. Almost 3 million people, with 2 million of them children, die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases, yet an extra $250 million in donations from wealthy countries to vaccine programs could vaccinate another 10 million children and another $100 million would lead to more access to newer vaccines, said a United Nations report. The report also calls on developing countries to increase their immunization budgets and pharmaceutical firms to increase their efforts to get vaccines to children in poor countries.

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