“Race for a Cure”
28 November 2014
“Ebola is hardly a new disease. The first known outbreak was recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan in 1976. So many are asking why, four decades later, we still don’t have adequate diagnostics, treatments and vaccines.
Professor Selgelid says this is a tragic injustice that has laid bare a fatal flaw in a global health policy; its reliance on private industry to provide the necessary tools to protect global health when these are not attractive areas of investment.
‘We shouldn’t blame industry for not developing these things because private industry are only going to do what they do to make profits, and we shouldn’t really expect them to do otherwise,’ Professor Selgelid says.