This article is part of our special report Fighting diseases: The challenges ahead.
Vaccination may be the most effective public health intervention of all time. This is especially true in developing countries, where many families can’t find or afford health care when they get sick. The prevention offered by vaccines can be life-saving.
But there are still many diseases for which vaccines are not available, and market forces alone are not always strong enough to drive the development of vaccines. Especially for diseases that mainly affect poor countries.
Now a coalition of global organisations and pharmaceutical companies share the same goal: maximum dissemination of life-saving drugs.