Ambiguous Capture: Collaborative Capitalism and the Meningitis Vaccine Project
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The primary health care approach advanced at Alma Ata to address social determinants of health was replaced by selective health care a year later at Bellagio. Subsequently, immunization was endorsed as a cost-effective technical intervention to combat targeted infectious diseases. Multilateral efforts to collaborate on immunization as a universal public health good ambiguously capture the interests of the world’s governments as well as private, public, and not-for-profit institutions. Global assemblages of scien- tists, governments, industry and nongovernmental organizations now work in public-private partnerships to develop and make essential vaccines accessible, with vaccines marketed as single fix solutions for global health. Drawing from ethnographic fieldwork in France and Burkina Faso that followed the development, regulation, and implementation of the group A meningococcal conjugate vaccine for sub-Saharan Africa, in this article I describe events during and after the development of MenAfriVac. A tech- nological success narrative steeped in collaborative capitalist rhetoric dis- guises neglected health care systems.
Graham, J. E. (2016). Ambiguous capture: Collaborative capitalism and the meningitis vaccine project. Medical anthropology, 35(5), 419-432. doi:10.1080/01459740.2016.1167055