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Jonathan T. Vu

Warren Alpert Medical School
Brown University
222 Richmond St
Providence, RI 02903

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

May 2020Financing Vaccines for Global Health Security
with Benjamin K. Kaplan, Shomesh Chaudhuri, Monique K. Mansoura, Andrew W. Lo: w27212
Recent outbreaks of infectious pathogens such as Zika, Ebola, and COVID-19 have underscored the need for the dependable availability of vaccines against emerging infectious diseases (EIDs). The cost and risk of R&D programs and uniquely unpredictable demand for EID vaccines have discouraged vaccine developers, and government and nonprofit agencies have been unable to provide timely or sufficient incentives for their development and sustained supply. We analyze the economic returns of a portfolio of EID vaccine assets, and find that under realistic financing assumptions, the expected returns are significantly negative, implying that the private sector is unlikely to address this need without public-sector intervention. We have sized the financing deficit for this portfolio and analyze sever...

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