[Marxism] the drug cartel II: making vaccines w/o people
schaffer at optonline.net
Fri Nov 26 23:31:30 MST 2004
last month we discussed the shortage of flu vaccine in the US and how drug
companies had opted out of the vaccine production business due to low profit
now that a compmany using "old" technology has failed to deliver this years
dose of drugs, vaccine shortages and fear exist, the venture capital spigot
Protein Sciences Corp, a company nearby me in CT has been developing a vaccine
production scheme where the "incubator" is living cells rather than eggs.
while it holds the promise for speedier development of vaccines without the
problems like occured in the recent disruption, another feature is sure to
attract investors. from the Washington Post:
Flu Crisis Sparks Fresh Look at Vaccine Production
"When you walk into a cell culture factory, you see gleaming stainless steel
-- glass and steel and computers and very few people," said Noel Barrett,
vice president of research and development at Baxter International Inc. of
Deerfield, Ill., which has built a cell culture factory in the Czech
Walking into a chicken egg factory, by contrast, Barrett said, "You see lots
of eggs, thousands and thousands of eggs, and lots of people, and you see
that these factories are quite old."
so somehow Chiron's oversight of their manufacturing process is not to blame
for this year's wasted batch, no. instead lots of people work in these older
buildings and its just hard to keep it all clean. the logic of capital.
from a recent issue of BioWorld linked in Protein Sciences news page:
The flu vaccine shortage in the US might help Protein Sciences get the funds
"The flu vaccine shortage doesnt affect the timeline for this trial because we
are on track", Cox said. "What it does affect if the interest of the venture
capitalists and the financial community"
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