Source: The Vaccine Research Foundation/PR Newswire
New Foundation will advocate and campaign for increased funding for global vaccine research against infectious diseases, including neglected tropical diseases
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Fourteen leading scientists and advocacy experts in vaccines and infectious diseases have announced the formation of a new international Foundation to advance and accelerate vaccine research and development against infectious diseases. The Foundation for Vaccine Research will be headquartered in Washington, DC. The Foundation’s mission is to raise global awareness of the need for increased, long-term, flexible funding for vaccine research against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other infectious diseases, including neglected tropical diseases, as well as universal vaccines for influenza and a vaccine to avert pandemic influenza. The Foundation’s activities will focus on persuading opinion leaders, policymakers inside and outside government, and other decision makers of the benefits and safety of vaccines and the merits of increased investment in vaccine research. The Foundation will seek to mobilize resources internationally and on a large scale to finance vaccine research globally, with a special focus on securing new assets and the development of innovative financing mechanisms. The Foundation will also conduct televised fundraising events and benefit concerts, with 100 percent of publicly donated funds going directly to teams of scientists and their institutions. The Foundation will also engage with the anti-vaccine movement to persuade them of the benefits of vaccines.
[Note from SaneVax: Unfortunately, this obviously well-funded foundation plans to do nothing to address the demands of medical consumers – Safe, Affordable, Necessary and Effective vaccines and vaccination practices. They only plan to ‘engage’ the ‘anti-vaccine movement to persuade them of the benefits of vaccines.’
They do not understand that vaccine-safety advocates are not anti-vaccine – they are only asking for sound scientific proof of the claims made by vaccine manufacturers and health agencies around the world. If the claims are accurate, it should be relatively easy to provide the scientific proof consumers are asking for.]