Out of the Blue

I've been getting around pretty well on my twice-sprained ankle thanks to some help from a neoprene brace. The itch of healing is starting to make me nuts because it's below the skin, but it also hasn't healed up enough to put it through much without a brace, and I can't really say when I'll get past this point, as the last time I had a high ankle sprain it took ages to recover, and I was much younger at the time. Actually, if I'm smart, I'll continue to wear the brace for a while after it's no longer a necessity, since it helps remind me to be careful on it. Besides, I think the orthopedic look is in this year.

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Cutter wrote on Nov 12, 2014, 17:26:
PHJF wrote on Nov 12, 2014, 15:06:
"Whip one together"? They aren't making PANCAKES. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?

You're right. Pancakes take more time and cost more on a massive scale. They've had these vaccines for decades now. Innovation is just a few tweaks here and there to respond to bacterial mutations. Everything is mass-produced very cheaply overall. Companies like Glaxo, Novartis and Sanofi-Aventis are making $5-$10 billion a year - each - in profit on their vaccines alone. The good people at Aunt Jemima sure aren't making that kind of dough. There's nothing noble in any of this.

NYT Ebola Facts.

The NYT published that yesterday.

You know, given how anti-corporation and pro-conspiracy he is I'm surprised Cutter hasn't jumped on the whole "big pharma is funding the anti-vaxxor movement," which many people believe. Why?

Because Cutter is 100% incorrect and profit margins on vaccines have plummeted. Source 1. Source 2.

Not that facts ever stop Cutter.
And yes, it may be true that companies still make millions on vaccines. But here's what's important that so few people forget: companies don't care about profit in absolute numbers, they care about it in percentages. A company that makes $5 billion in profit off of $100 billion in sales will be considered less of an investment than one making $5 billion in profit off of $10 billion in sales. Go to any meeting at any company and they discuss percentages, not absolute figures.

Vaccines are not easy to develop, contrary to what Cutter thinks. See: Source 2 (The Economist article.)
And ebola vaccines haven't been sitting around.

And, importantly, no one will make billions off of a vaccine that only really matters in Western Africa, where no one has any money to spend on healthcare. The people can't pay for it individually. The governments can't pay for it. Aid workers and charities don't pay for it.
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