COST OF NOT VACCINATING
WHILE SOME VACCINES COST A LOT, NOT VACCINATING COSTS MORE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
How much does it cost to provide vaccines to the developing world, and especially to children who reside there, and how much does it cost not to vaccinate? That question was addressed by Orin Levine and colleagues at Johns Hopkins, and published recently in the journal Health Affairs.
LEVINE: We projected that if we could scale up to 90% coverage of a package of vaccines against pneumonia, diarrhea, meningitis and malaria, that we could prevent 6.4 million child deaths over the next ten years. The economic value of those cases and deaths that we could prevent was between 150 and 230 billion dollars. This is the first time that anybodyís calculated that economic potential. :28
Levine applauds recent commitments from vaccine manufacturers to provide vaccines to developing countries at an affordable price. At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.