Can Money Buy Life?
The Associated Press has an interesting story on why there currently exists no HIV vaccine (http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051226/NEWS07/512260307/1009). The article says:
“Private-sector efforts amount to just $100 million annually. This is mainly due to the lack of incentives for the private sector to invest in an AIDS vaccine – the science is difficult, and the developing countries that need a vaccine most are least able to pay.”
There are some who say HIV/AIDS is a manufactured disease; a biological weapon, if you will. Whether that is true or not, it is a sad moment in humanity’s history when one needs financial incentives to work towards eradicating a disease that exterminates millions annually. The selfishness and greed of man is perhaps the world’s mot amazing phenomenon.
What can we do? The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (https://www.iavi.org/), mentioned in the article, is working on this problem in spite of the drug companies’ reluctance. Donations to this group are examples of grassroots dollars at work. I encourage you all to consider such organizations when deciding how to become a part of these efforts.
Garlin Gilchrist II
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