Disrupting global health

The Gates Foundation and the vaccine business

Authored by: Jacob Levich

Routledge Handbook on the Politics of Global Health

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138238596
eBook ISBN: 9781315297255
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Recent critiques of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) acknowledge, to varying degrees, the malign effects of ‘philanthrocapitalism’ on the people’s health (Aschoff, 2016; McGoey, 2015). Yet these effects are typically portrayed as the unintentional consequences of misguided benevolence. The multi-billionaires mean well, it is suggested, but are somehow too naïve to recognise the inherent limitations of market-based solutions to health crises.

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