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Do pharmaceutical companies have an obligation to develop and produce vaccines for diseases such as malaria that exist primarily in poorer countries? Do pharmaceutical companies have an obligation to develop and produce vaccines for diseases such as malaria that exist primarily in poorer countries?

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Diseases such as malaria may currently be seen in the "poorer" nations but with international boundaries becoming less clear and the advances in travel, these diseases might well travel to the developed nations. So no human being on earth is free from the risk of any disease. 

In such a case, every pharmaceutical company and every individual needs to work towards the eradication of disease and the creation of the highest level of social, mental and physical well being of every living being, be it man or animal or plant. 

As responsible members of the society in which we live in, each pharmaceutical company needs to work towards developing any medicines or vaccines, which...

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Im sorry but I disagree with part of your answer...the defanition of obligation is not soley a legal tie but also that of a moral one, so this has more to do with ethics than biology. To me they do have an obligatioin to help the world not just the rich and to make money, they may not choose to do so but morally it is the right thing to do. Just because someone has an obligation does not mean they will follow through with it, though in this case they should. To me they do have an obligation to make Vaccines to those most in need.