Bill Gates Donates 60 Million To Vaccine Programs

17 years later – he is still pushing his agenda!

Originally published on this site February 13, 2003

Seattle’s Path And Johns Hopkins Are Awarded $60 Million ~ A global health group started by Bill Gates to improve childhood immunization rates in poor nations has awarded $60 million to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and a Seattle-based health organization to speed up development of vaccines against diarrhea and pneumonia.

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization said it would expand its mission to support research and development of critical vaccines for the Third World that are of low interest to Western drug makers.

“These projects represent a new approach to vaccine development that combines good public health policy with good private industry practices,” said Dr. Richard Klausner, director of the global health program for the Gates Foundation.

The vaccine alliance gave $30 million to Johns Hopkins for development of a pneumococcal vaccine and $30 million to the Seattle-based Program for Appropriate Technology in Health to develop a rotavirus vaccine.

PATH Dr. Julie Jacobson said the two preventable diseases contribute to at least 1.5 million deaths every year in the developing world.

Centers help asthmatic kids
Health centers in schools can help poor and uninsured children with asthma improve their attendance and stay out of the hospital, a study in New York City found. The centers offer care by a pediatrician or nurse practitioner during the school day and backup services after hours through a community health center.

Children with asthma who attended schools without such a center were absent an average of three days more than students at schools with the centers. They were also more likely to end up in the hospital: 17 percent vs. 10.5 percent.

The study, published in this month’s Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, was conducted by doctors at New York’s Montefiore Medical Center and at Albert Einstein Medical College. It involved 949 asthmatic children at six elementary schools in the Bronx. Four of the schools had health centers.

Journal retracts heart article
The New England Journal of Medicine retracted an article on a heart treatment yesterday because one author had forged others’ signatures on statements attesting that they had reviewed the data and the manuscript.

“There was an egregious disregard of the principles of authorship,” the journal’s editor in chief, executive editor and managing editor wrote.

The article, which was published in the distinguished journal Oct. 24 (2002), was about using a controlled heart attack to shrink the heart’s central wall when it has become so thick and stiff that it keeps blood from flowing easily.

This type of heart enlargement has contributed to sudden death in athletes and young people.

Neither the journal’s editorial nor the authors’ retraction letter, both of which were posted yesterday at the top of the journal’s Web page, said which author was the forger.

“We didn’t think it was appropriate to get into that,” said Dr. Gregory Curfman, the executive editor, since the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London, where six of the authors work, is investigating.

All eight of the physicians and scientists listed as authors signed the retraction letter, which said that the majority of the authors never had a chance to review and verify the data and approve the manuscript.

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