Vaccines serve as 'engine for economic growth'

Published on December 11, 2012 at 5:05 AM · No Comments

Vaccines "save lives by protecting people against disease," but they "also are an engine for economic growth -- far beyond their health benefits," GAVI Alliance CEO Seth Berkley writes in a CNN opinion piece. GAVI and its "many partners, including prominent companies," "recognize that in addition to the humanitarian need, countries such as Tanzania are emerging markets that can fulfill their economic ambitions only if they also can ensure good health for their citizens," he states. Berkley describes efforts to increase vaccination rates in Tanzania, and he writes, "[W]e know for a fact that vaccines -- in addition to saving lives and improving health -- are the cornerstone of a vibrant economy, fuel growth and serve as a magnet for foreign investment. Indeed, research has shown vaccines to be among the most cost-effective investments in global development."

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