|Those people who need the avian-flu drug the most can't pay for it.|
|Subject||Citizens of poorer nations can't afford the high prices of the avian-flu drug.|
|Topic||Supply and demand|
supply, demand, vaccine, tamiflu, avian flu
For those who want to purchase the medications to combat the potentially deadly avian flu, wealth and income have become more important than need. First seen in Asia in 1997, the bird-flu virus, known as H5N1, is especially virulent; it causes death in 80% of its victims, and it is especially contagious. Rich nations, such as the U.S. and the U.K., have taken steps to stockpile tamiflu, a medicine that has shown success at fighting off the virus. These stockpiles leave Asian nations most at risk for the flu with few resources available to purchase the cure.
|Source||Gautam Naik and James Hookway. "Demand, Cost for Avian-Flu Drug Could Leave Neediest With Least." The Wall Street Journal.. 18 May 2005. A1+.|
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