Friday, August 28, 2009
I still hate China: But the money is good
I still hate China: But the money is good. Had a little fight with Pollyanna this morning. I cannot understand why people believe the tripe coming out of government officials mouths and why they belive that it is true. If there are a group of people more out of touch than the US government researchers I would not want to be in the same country as they are.
It is ridiculous after a while. The CDC and the WHO get together and create a costly, academic test algorithm and state that this will be the way that it is. The countries that have the HIV problem are poor and incredibly corrupt.
The combination of academic white-tower thinking coupled with the corruption and ignorance of the third word offer the single biggest obstacle in the fight against HIV. The real way to fight the problem is to flood the market with low cost tests and have the testing of partners become the accepted norm. That and you have to fight the brutal poverty that blankets the world and is showing every sign of getting worse.
So the American Pharma/Diagnostic firms (for which I am a willing whore) are over working the system so that the prices are as high as possible and the margins are as high as possible so that executive salaries and bonuses can go up and shareholder value can be increased.
The fight against HIV is actually quite secondary.
at 8:25:00 AM