WHO calls for cheaper meningitis drugs
The most common forms of meningitis can be prevented with inexpensive, readily available vaccines, but the only vaccine that protects against strain W135 costs up to US$40 a dose — far more than most African countries can afford.
At last week's emergency session in Burkina Faso, officials were pessimistic about staving off another epidemic of W135 without help from the world's largest drug companies. If a major outbreak of W135 were to occur, the WHO says, there would not be enough vaccine doses available at any price.
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Reference: Science 298, 339 (2002)