Saturday, November 05, 2011

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI): How Bill Gates figures in here?

This is an excellent critique and a follow up post to the earlier one:

The people behind it:

The GAVI was the creation of deeply committed and morally energized people working at the top level of the international health community. Such dedicated individuals were especially important at the Bill and Melinda Gates Children's Vaccine Program; the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), which housed it; the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association; the World Bank; the Gates Foundation; US Agency for International Development headquarters in Washington, DC; World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland; UNICEF headquarters in New York, NY; and the Rocke-feller Foundation. 

Does that ring the bell? The usual suspects? 

Thats where the problem lies. People are unable to separate the wheat from the chaff in this day and age of asymmetric information because none of us are fully aware of the consequences of their actions.

Nevertheless, it is a wake up call to be aware of their sinister designs. I could also argue against their proposed costly vaccinations for diseases that are really not required to be vaccinated against and indeed has fallen prey to sustained marketing pressure from the pharma companies.  

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