Published on January 28, 2013 at 6:08 AM
Hotez "examine[s] how North Korea and South Korea diverged more than 50 years ago in their respective disease-control efforts," noting, "In contrast to South Koreans' public health and economic gains over the last five decades, North Koreans remain poor and sick." He provides examples of how "vaccine diplomacy can play a key role," and notes "there is the opportunity of true scientific alliances between nations." Hotez continues, "North Korean scientists also could become partners in biomedical research," and he concludes, "With adequate political will and support, this could become a breakout year for science and vaccine diplomacy to reduce the disease burden on the Korean peninsula and promote an unprecedented level of scientific collaboration" (1/24).
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