NIH HIV Trials: Essential Inaction

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  • 03/21/2008
For those in Soros/Essential Action camp who fervently believe the way to develop drugs for global health is to have the government coordinate and run trials with IP seized from private companies, the latest HIV vaccine failures underscore the ideologically riven fecklessness of their position.

The notion that prizes to investigators plus a pittance to those who develop and manufacture medicines under a government-run clinical trial operation will yield breakthroughs is naive: the risky part, the hard part, the part requiring hundreds of billions of dollars a year, is development. That is why commercialization is critical to medical progress, as are profits.

The Soros/Essential Action model is based on hatred of capitalism not science. And in the end, it will doom the dying around the world to continued suffering. The groups will have their press clippings and accolades from the Left and those in need of breakthroughs will have nothing. Such is the perverted definition of "progress" advanced by George Soros and Essential Action

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