Re-evaluating the ‘cost’ of life: Cancer-preventing HPV vaccines are substantially over-priced, says study
A recent study by leading American health researchers reveals that the manufacturing costs for the two most prevalent Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccines could be priced much lower than even their quoted ‘no profit’ price, thus potentially having a substantial impact on the global morbidity and mortality rates associated with cervical cancer.
A new study from a team led by Donald Light, a professor of comparative health policy at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, has found that the manufacturing costs for the most popular HPV vaccine, Gardasil-4, to rich countries average only $2.05-$3.07 (approximately Rs 136-205) a dose, while the costs for developing countries average $0.48-$0.59 (approx Rs 32-39) a dose.
Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance – supplies vaccines at subsidised rates to 53 poor countries, that include India, Pakistan as well as some African and Central Asian nations.
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