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Committing to Vaccine R&D: A Global Science Policy Priority/Comprometerse en la investigación y desarrollo de vacunas: una prioridad de la política científica global



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The amount of vaccine R&D performed, especially geared towards health issues affecting the developing world, is exceptionally undersized. Despite immunisation representing the most effective tool for achieving disease eradication, and the general consensus being optimistic about the development of a vaccine capable of fighting AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, neither private nor public entities are investing sufficiently in the field. Reasons can be associated both with a lack of market incentives as well as with the low priority that these diseases set on Western political agendas. Though, seen through the Global Public Good lenses, it appears in the interest of high-income countries, their governments in primis, to invest public resources – financial and infra-structural – in vaccine R&D for global pandemics, as well as managing international cooperation through a global fund. The paper reviews a number of proposals put forward in the existing literature and offers a range of policy options. La cuantía invertida en I+D en vacunas, especialmente dirigida a cuestiones de salud que afectan al mundo en desarrollo, es excepcionalmente insuficiente. A pesar de que la inmunización representa el instrumento más efectivo para lograr la erradicación de enfermedades, y de que el consenso general es optimista sobre el desarrollo de una vacuna capaz de luchar contra el SIDA, la malaria y la tuberculosis, ni las entidades públicas ni las privadas están invirtiendo lo suficiente en este campo. Las razones de ello pueden asociarse tanto con una falta de incentivos de mercado como también con la baja prioridad que esas enfermedades tienen en las agendas políticas de Occidente. Si bien, visto desde la óptica de los Bienes Públicos Globales, parece que sería del interés de los países de rentas altas, e in primis de sus Gobiernos, el invertir recursos públicos – financieros y de infraestructura – en I+D en vacunas para las pandemias globales, así como gestionar la cooperación internacional por medio de un fondo global. Este trabajo revisa un conjunto de propuestas recogidas en la bibliografía existente, ofreciendo un conjunto de opciones de política al respecto.

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  • Archibugi, Daniele & .Kim Bizzarri, 2004. "Committing to Vaccine R&D: A Global Science Policy Priority/Comprometerse en la investigación y desarrollo de vacunas: una prioridad de la política científica global," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 22, pages 251-271, Agosto.
  • Handle: RePEc:lrk:eeaart:22_2_6

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    1. Abdelillah Hamdouch & Marc-Hubert Depret, 2005. "Carences institutionnelles et rationnement de l'accès à la santé dans les pays en développement : repères et enjeux," Mondes en développement, De Boeck Université, vol. 131(3), pages 11-28.
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    5. Srinivas, Smita, 2006. "Industrial Development and Innovation: Some Lessons from Vaccine Procurement," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 34(10), pages 1742-1764, October.

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    Science and health policy; Malaria; tuberculosis; HIV/AIDS; neglected diseases; global governance; free-riding; global public goods; vaccine R&D;

    JEL classification:

    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General


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