Activists say there’s no question that the HPV vaccine is desperately needed in poor countries and that this will be a big life-saver for women. But the vaccine is still too expensive for the poorest countries, where the per capita spending on health care can be as low as $10 or $20 per capita.
Everyone knows Bill Gates loves vaccines. Yet few seem to appreciate just how revolutionary and accidental is this love affair. Promoting this powerful, fundamental tool for children’s health may look these days like the obvious humanitarian thing for a philanthropist to do. But it wasn’t either obvious or that celebrated when the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation started down this path in the 1990s.