Posts tagged ‘vaccines’

February 18, 2012

The role of vaccines in society

Vaccine development: Man vs MRSA

For decades, Robert Daum has studied the havoc wreaked by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Now he thinks he can stop it for good.


I just want to comment on one sentence from this article:

“Meanwhile, pharmaceutical manufacturers are backing away from making new antibiotics, arguing that resistance is undermining compounds too quickly for them to recoup their costs.”


It boggles my mind that making new medicines and vaccines is still primarily run by private industry. This seriously biases what gets made in the first place, as those that aren’t seen as profitable do not get as much research.

I think it’s reasonable to think that making medicines and vaccines that ensure the health of the general population should be researched by the government itself. This is a not a field where capitalism should play a role. The government should ensure that research is being done to help the lives of as many people as possible. When medicines and vaccines do get made, they should be made available to who needs them, as cheaply as possible. That anything other than this happens, seems like a needless sacrifice of peoples lives, to me. And the fact that this doesn’t happen reflects how much more progress is needed in regards to medicine and society.