Wednesday, February 07, 2007

How to kill Collaborative Innovation

According to today's New York Times Indonesia stopped giving its samples of the H5N1 avian flu virus to the WHO, instead selling it to US vaccine company Baxter. Indonesia has had more lethal cases of avian flu than any other country, about 70 in total. In the past, samples have been given to the World Health Organization, which has passed them on to research labs and pharmaceutical companies. If Indonesia does not change its mind, only Baxter will get the chance to produce a vaccine against this strain of avain flu - swarm creativity gets no chance here!

1 comment:

  1. This is awful. I just this article about the avian flu in France (http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-0@2-3244,36-864605,0.html?xtor=RSS-3210) and can't understand that countries could do such thing as selling samples...

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