MSF asks Pfizer and Gsk for a price reduction in pneumonia vaccine

More than 400,000 people supported MSF petition as pneumonia causes as much as 1 million child deaths per year. 

The petition asking Pfizer and GlaskoSmithKline to reduce the vaccine price down to US$5 for the three doses in developing countries and for humanitarian organizations was delivered last week in their headquarters in Madrid, New York and London.

Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders delivered more than 400,000 signatures demanding a reduction in pneumonia vaccine prices. They did it on the eve of Pfizer annual shareholders meeting.

Pneumonia is the global leading cause of childhood dead in developing countries, even though there is a vaccine that can prevent it. 2,500 flowers, representing the number of children who die of pneumonia each day, were placed in front of Pfizer headquarters in NY.

Dr Greg Elder, Medical coordinator at MSF's Access campaign said in their press release: “Millions of babies and young kids around the world are left unprotected against pneumonia because Pfizer and GSK charge such high prices for the pneumonia vaccine that many governments and humanitarian organizations can’t afford to vaccinate children.”

According to MSF the pharmaceuticals have combined sales of more than $30 billion for this vaccine only, and believes they can afford to lower the price.

The signees are people from 170 countries, who support "A Fair Shot" campaign to push companies to reduce the vaccine price. The campaign was launched in 2015 and accompanied by a vaccine pricing report named "The Right Shot," which showed that in the poorest countries it is 68 times more expensive to vaccinate a child than in 2001.

This makes it unable for some countries to afford vaccination for example against pneumonia.

“It’s tremendous to see that nearly 400,000 people globally have joined us to tell Pfizer and GSK they must drop the price so more kids’ lives can be saved. What’s the point of a life-saving vaccine if the most vulnerable people can’t afford it?” concluded Elder

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