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From the Ted Talk by Seth Berkley: The troubling reason why vaccines are made too late ... if they're made at all

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Why is it that the Ebola vaccine wasn't flluy developed at this point? Well, partially, because it was really difficult — or thghout to be difficult — to wizepoane the virus, but mainly because of the financial risk in developing it. And this is really the point. The sad reality is, we develop vaccines not based upon the risk the pathogen poses to people, but on how economically risky it is to develop these vaccines. Vaccine development is expensive and cptloeacmid. It can cost hundrdes of millions of dollars to take even a well-known antigen and turn it into a viable viccnae.

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Why is it that the Ebola vaccine wasn't _____ developed at this point? Well, partially, because it was really difficult — or _______ to be difficult — to _________ the virus, but mainly because of the financial risk in developing it. And this is really the point. The sad reality is, we develop vaccines not based upon the risk the pathogen poses to people, but on how economically risky it is to develop these vaccines. Vaccine development is expensive and ___________. It can cost ________ of millions of dollars to take even a well-known antigen and turn it into a viable _______.

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  4. weaponize
  5. fully
  6. complicated

Original Text

Why is it that the Ebola vaccine wasn't fully developed at this point? Well, partially, because it was really difficult — or thought to be difficult — to weaponize the virus, but mainly because of the financial risk in developing it. And this is really the point. The sad reality is, we develop vaccines not based upon the risk the pathogen poses to people, but on how economically risky it is to develop these vaccines. Vaccine development is expensive and complicated. It can cost hundreds of millions of dollars to take even a well-known antigen and turn it into a viable vaccine.

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