YAKAWLANG, BAMIYAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN - NOVEMBER 16, 2003. The MSf team prepare to leave the compound in Yakawlang to drive to the Dagah clinic, an hour drive away. MSf has been operating in Afghanistan for over 20 years. The main challenge to provide healthcare in the remote part of the country is isolation and security.
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Due to the absence of “global” solution to provide the pneumonia vaccine at an affordable price during emergencies, MSF had to pay more than 20 times the lowest global price to vaccinate more than 5000 children against the disease in Greece. Pfizer and GSK, the manufacturers of the vaccine, have refused to reduce the price of the vaccine. View external media.
Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline refuse to lower the price of their pneumonia vaccines, making it harder to treat refugee children in Greece and in other countries with vulnerable populations. MSF has vaccinated more than 5,000 refugee children across Greece. View external media.