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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 06:35 AM

I have a global disease initiative idea. Is it crazy?

I would like to see our next President form a new Cabinet level position.
This person, or possibly two bipartisan co-chairs would be in charge of putting together a worldwide group of the best and brightest in medical technology and testing and experimentation.
Biden (and even Trump) have talked about their goal to cure cancer.
What if, instead of global scientists and pharmaceutical companies all just working separately on the same diseases, they worked in some form of a co-op. They would gather occasionally either in person or by Skype to share intellectual property?
A system of who gets the credit (e.g. the rights to any breakthrough drugs or treatment) would of course have to be worked out in advance. And yes, I know, that’s no small task.
But, many people like Bill Clinton and George W (who’s work on AIDS is about the only thing I admired about him) could lead up the American effort and find the right people in other countries that would participate.
I know that Clinton had tried something like this on his own on specific global problems.
But, I think that was all thru the private sector.
My idea would have the full backing of governmental units working in conjunction with private corporations and their people.

Is this possible or would greed and power struggles prevent it?

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Funtatlaguy Jun 2019 OP
hlthe2b Jun 2019 #1
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Response to Funtatlaguy (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 07:02 AM

1. Do you realize this already occurs in many circles. NIH and CDC research, isolates, genetic

identifications are shared and that is normally a required part of public-funded core research. If isolates were not shared with other researchers, vaccine and drug development would have been stifled over the past 50 years. Not to mention the human genome project which was successful ONLY because of shared findings.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 07:05 AM

2. Good. I wish it was used on all diseases.

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Response to Funtatlaguy (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 07:07 AM

3. That is a big part of World Health Organization agreements with scientists the world over and

CDC has been a big leader in that.

Which is why Trump's isolationist attitudes and especially in his funding initiatives is soooooo dangerous. CDC has been forced out of many areas where their epidemiological assistance was critical to early recognition, disease identification, obtaining and sharing those infectious organism isolates. This effort is being hurt under Trump.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 07:13 AM

4. He's such an unbelievable asshole. Argh 😤

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