G8 vaccine plan in danger of failure

Jul 07, 2006

A disagreement between the United States and France may prevent a proposed vaccine program from being approved by G8 leaders.

A senior official with knowledge of the discussions said the proposal, which would offer incentives to pharmaceutical companies that develop working vaccines, "is now in substantial danger of flopping even though there is an extraordinary level of support among some key stakeholders," The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Officials from the United States and France engaged in a heated debate at a G8 meeting last month over a French proposition for an international airline-ticket tax to benefit poor countries in need of aid. French officials said at the meeting they would not approve the vaccine plan unless the airline tax passed, but the Bush administration has refused to consider it, the senior official told the Journal.

Japan and Germany have also expressed reservations about the possible cost of the vaccine plan. "A number of other governments in the G8 don't want to pony up more money for something right now," said a senior U.S. Treasury official, the Journal reported.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Treating depression in Parkinson's patients

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Right, left, wrong: People reject science because ...

Oct 03, 2013

You'd be forgiven for thinking science is under attack. Climate science has been challenged by deniers and sceptics, vaccination rates are falling thanks to anti-vaccination movements, and GM crops are pillaged ...

Science denied: Why does doubt persist?

Oct 12, 2012

The sign in front of the tall display case at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History lures visitors to "meet one of your oldest relatives." Inside stands a morganucodon, a mouse-like animal ...

Recommended for you

Treating depression in Parkinson's patients

9 hours ago

A group of scientists from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has found interesting new information in a study on depression and neuropsychological function in Parkinson's ...

Suddenly health insurance is not for sale

12 hours ago

(HealthDay)— Darlene Tucker, an independent insurance broker in Scotts Hill, Tenn., says health insurers in her area aren't selling policies year-round anymore.

User comments : 0

More news stories

Treating depression in Parkinson's patients

A group of scientists from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has found interesting new information in a study on depression and neuropsychological function in Parkinson's ...

Impact glass stores biodata for millions of years

(Phys.org) —Bits of plant life encapsulated in molten glass by asteroid and comet impacts millions of years ago give geologists information about climate and life forms on the ancient Earth. Scientists ...