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    RE: [RC] WNV Calif. A different point of view - Mike Sofen

    Your view is clearly NOT cynical.  The AIDS/HIV epidemic in Africa is another such case, and even still in this country, because most people still associate it with homosexuals and intravenous drug users, it doesn't get the resources it might.
    The reality is, creating and testing drugs costs a lot of money, much more than a third world country can spend.  Drug companies take on the financial risk only where there is the potential of significant return on investment (especially these days, where stock market performance is so important, and is now based on results).  In the USA, much of the population is quite blind to the real life and death health situations that exist in other parts of the world.  And that may come back to haunt us...or already has.
    Mike Sofen
    Santa Cruz, CA USA
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Maryanne Stroud Gabbani
    Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2002 12:13 PM
    To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Subject: RE: [RC] WNV Calif. A different point of view

    Like I said, they figured that a vaccine could be developed for this about 10 years or so ago, but it wouldn't be economically viable. They could have been trying it out for all these years in Egypt, Somalia, Sudan, the Ukraine, Romania....but who in these countries is going to buy it? I bet those pharmaceutical companies are kicking themselves now.
    If that sounds cynical, it is. We don't even KNOW how many people in Egypt have had or died from WNV...much less how many equines. WNV wasn't an important enough disease until it could be caught by people with enough money to pay for vaccines.
     Maryanne Stroud Gabbani
    Cairo, Egypt

    RE: [RC] WNV Calif. A different point of view, Maryanne Stroud Gabbani