[Ip-health] Conflict of interest fears over vaccine group

Katy Athersuch katy.athersuch at googlemail.com
Fri May 27 04:39:08 PDT 2011

Conflict of interest fears over vaccine group

By Andrew Jack in London. Published: May 27 2011 00:23
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A vaccine
is set to join the board of the multilateral agency that provides it with
most of its income, sparking concerns over conflicts of interest and demands
for tougher competition to reduce prices.

Daniel Berman, deputy director of the access campaign for Médecins sans
Frontières, the medical charity, said: “We think some conflicts are too big
to manage. If you look at the agenda of the board meetings at Gavi, almost
all issues impact Crucell’s bottom line.”

Jon Pender, vice-president for government affairs at GSK, said: “The value
of the private sector has been well accepted and well regarded. If you have
not got a potential conflict you probably should not be at the table.”

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