Thursday, May 09, 2013 7:22 am
Drugmakers, health groups bring poor girls vaccine
By The Associated Press
Starting with pilot programs in eight Asian and African nations, the ambitious project aims to inoculate more than 30 million girls in more than 40 countries by 2020.
The endeavor was announced Thursday by the GAVI Alliance, a public-private partnership that's worked with drugmakers to deliver vaccines to treat fatal childhood illnesses in the world's most impoverished regions.
Drugmakers Merck & Co. and GlaxoSmithKline PLC initially will provide 2.4 million doses of their vaccines against the cancer-causing human papilloma virus.
The vaccines will be delivered at a fraction of the cost typically commanded in Western countries.