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Scientists: Africa Must Produce Its Own Drugs to Overcome Disease

March 21, 2003

At a conference on human genome research in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on Thursday, scientists challenged African countries to produce their own generic drugs -- not just rely on pharmaceutical giants -- to fight AIDS, malaria and other diseases. "We need to reinvent local production of high quality generic vaccines," said Gordon Dougan, a British vaccine expert. "Countries are no longer producing their own vaccines, and this is why huge pharmaceutical companies control the industry." Dr. Hoosen Coovadia, an HIV/AIDS researcher at South Africa's University of Natal, said African governments should translate scientific research into policy to overcome the most serious diseases facing the continent.

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Associated Press
03.20.03; Elliott Sylvester


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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