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Vaccines: for whose benefit?

Yash Paul

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2010.011


Development of vaccines is a priceless gift from humans to humankind because vaccines prevent diseases while drugs treat or control diseases. Without any research grant or government funding, in 1796 Edward Jenner developed an inoculum. It is said that when the British government asked him to license his inoculum technology for a small royalty on each dose, Dr Jenner refused, electing instead, to give all rights to his preparation technology and preparations to the public free of any royalty. Unfortunately, today`s bottom-line-driven vaccine manufacturers are more interested in developing vaccines that maximise their profits.

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