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Davos 2006 is surprisingly upbeat

Davos 2006 is surprisingly upbeat -- with much talk of the success of China and India. These are seen as classic cases of the benefits of markets, openness, competition and the entrepreneurship and creativity those business-friendly characteristics can generate. Much less present in the corridors and in sessions is the issue of risks at the global level--whether economic risk for some countries if the commodity boom and low interest rate regime ends--or risks to the global economy (and to the fight against poverty) of a backlash from those who feel left out of the process.

New incentives for vaccines needed

Seth Berkeley, President of IAVI, on incentives to produce vaccines

"The whole system for vaccines is not aligned properly," Berkley told Reuters. "We have to find better ways to accelerate research, to finance research and to create incentives for pharmaceutical companies."

He plans to lobby for such commitments in discussions with policymakers at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.

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