When free is not fair: the case of vaccine donations

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The Lancet Infectious Diseases
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2017
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Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 128-130

On Oct 10, 2015, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) rejected Pfizer's proposed donation of 1 million doses of its branded pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV). The news caused a stir in the global health community; after all, free essential health goods might be considered something to be celebrated.