The massive pharmaceutical company, Merck has backed out of its agreement to provide Rotavirus vaccines at a lower cost to West African countries. This decision sentences thousands of impoverished children to a long and painful death.
Babies infected with Rotavirus infections suffer from severe diarrhea and vomiting. While children in developed countries rarely die from the disease, it claims the lives of about 500,000 babies in developing countries every year. Most are younger than 15 months old.
This would not happen if pharmaceutical companies like Merck provided developing countries with the vaccine at a reasonable cost. Instead, Merck is going to turn its back on West African countries and sell the vaccines in China at much higher prices.
Merck announced that they are opening up vast new markets in China just before they announced that „supply constraints“ will prevent them from sending the Rotavirus vaccine to the children of West Africa. This is corporate greed, plain and simple.
P.S. No baby should suffer a painful and easily preventable death just because they live in poverty. Tell Merck to send the promised amount of Rotavirus vaccines to West Africa.