[Ip-health] Query - Malaria, Big Drugs and Big Bucks, African Babies as Guinea Pigs?

Riaz K Tayob riaz.tayob at gmail.com
Wed Feb 8 14:11:25 PST 2012

[Is this true?]

February 08, 2012

Malaria, Big Drugs and Big Bucks

  African Babies as Guinea Pigs?


When it comes to the new malaria vaccine developed by  GlaxoSmithKline 
(GSK) now being tested on infants in the east African country of 
Tanzania I will let the words of an industry insider tell it best:

    "There is not much profit to be made by big pharma from a highly
    effective malaria vaccine of practical use for African
    sufferers...they [Big Drugs) are fiendishly clever at exploiting any
    and all opportunities to reap big benefits."

    "The poorly performing malaria vaccine RTS,S, created by GSK with a
    healthy infusion of funds from the Gates Foundation, is being tested
    in Phase III trials in Africa now. Including many thousands of
    African infants."

    "GSK will not profit from RTS,S. However, RTS,S is injected along
    with a new GSK adjuvant called AS01."

    "GSK will make vast sums from the new adjuvant, the testing of which
    is being piggybacked on their altruistic malaria vaccine (which,
    incidentally, is virtually entirely ineffective without AS01)."

    "Interestingly, RTS,S (or should I say, AS01) testing in African
    infants began before AS01 trials in children were permitted in the
    United States."

    "GSK physician-scientists also held positions of significance in the
    Gates Foundation...conflict-of-interest issues not withstanding."

So the Gates Foundation is giving Big Bucks ($400 million and counting) 
to Big Drugs/GSK to develop a vaccine against Africa's number one 
killer, malaria.

The new not-for-profit malaria vaccine is "virtually entirely 
ineffective" without another medicine, whose patent is owned by GSK, 
resulting in $billions of African blood money filling the coffers of Big 
Drugs, once again.

Never mind Big Drugs/GSK had its reps at the Gate$ Foundation and Big 
Buck$ in the form of tax deductible grants are being shelled out by the 
Gate$ Foundation to Big Drugs/GSK.

And never mind that billions of desperately needed African foreign 
currency reserves will be spent on this new malaria vaccine. The really 
nasty thing about all this is the fact that, once again, Big Drugs tests 
new drugs on African babies before any such permission is granted to do 
so on American babies.

And all the while one African country, Eritrea, has reduced malaria 
mortality by 80% over the last decade, a fact unknown to the supposedly 
altruistic, or more aptly, incestuous, vaccine industry.

/*Thomas C. Mountain* is the only independent western journalist in the 
Horn of Africa, living and reporting from Eritrea since 2006. He can be 
reached at thomascmountain at yahoo dot com.

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