December 16, 2009
"We recommend that the U.S. government and the governments of other wealthy countries immediately donate 10 percent of their H1N1 vaccine supply for the poorest countries, and state publicly when the donations will begin," according to a San Francisco Chronicle opinion piece written by Ruth Karron, director of the Center for Immunization Research, Orin Levine, executive director of the International Vaccine Access Center, and Ruth Faden, director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.
"Many developed countries can and should give more. They should make these donations as soon as possible to provide the greatest benefit. Also, because what gets measured gets done, the WHO should have a very public system for reporting contributions to the global H1N1 vaccine supply," they write. "While delays in production have meant that [Americans] needed to wait weeks or months to get our doses of vaccines, our wait is just about over. People in poor countries have waited long enough" (12/16).