Seth Berkley: The troubling reason why vaccines are made too late ... if they're made at all
Seth Berkley - Vaccine visionary
Epidemiologist Seth Berkley is leading the charge to make sure vaccines are available to everyone, including those living in the developing world. Full bio
nose and gums.
from low blood pressure.
a mosquito-born disease
an effective therapy or a vaccine,
the number of people
that we've known about it.
in the news recently,
all of the headlines and the fear.
deeply rooted about it,
and fascinates us
of a horrible death is high.
effective therapy or vaccine available.
as many people as other diseases.
than viruses such as flu or measles.
that it kills us and we can't treat it.
that comes with Ebola.
that seems to defy modern medical science.
vaccine candidates available now
are just going into clinical trials now?
problem we have
for infectious diseases.
to pay for vaccines.
of market incentives
who are at risk in wealthy countries.
no market at all,
in late-stage clinical trials now,
of a somewhat misguided fear.
and the anthrax attacks,
people perceived Ebola
wasn't fully developed at this point?
it was really difficult --
to weaponize the virus,
of the financial risk in developing it.
the pathogen poses to people,
to develop these vaccines.
is expensive and complicated.
of millions of dollars
and turn it into a viable vaccine.
to remove some of these barriers.
when there's a complete market failure.
or some type of subsidy.
at being able to figure out
that most threaten us.
we then create the ability
epidemiological and laboratory networks
and categorizing these pathogens.
and genetic diversity,
to help us understand
with a complete market failure,
we view and prevent infectious diseases.
until we see evidence
before we consider it as one.
of an infectious disease,
transported to wealthy countries,
of dedicated vaccine companies,
in the Ebola countries --
that are following behind.
permanently patrolling the oceans
that almost certainly will never happen.
and evolutionarily certain
it's not a question of "if," but "when."
epidemics like Ebola,
of investing in vaccine development
as the ultimate deterrent --
praying we never have to use it.
About the speaker:Seth Berkley - Vaccine visionary
Epidemiologist Seth Berkley is leading the charge to make sure vaccines are available to everyone, including those living in the developing world.
Why you should listen
Seth Berkley is an epidemiologist and the CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the global health organization protecting lives by improving access to vaccines in developing countries. Seth joined Gavi in 2011 in a period of rapid acceleration of Gavi’s programs. Now, with more than half a billion children immunized, he is leading Gavi’s efforts to reach a further 300 million children in the next five years and build sustainability into country immunization programs. Prior to Gavi, he spearheaded the development of vaccines for HIV as founder and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.
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