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    Merck Ends Delivery of Lifesaving Vaccines to Africa

    Citing “supply constraints,” the pharmaceutical giant is pulling out of its long-term agreement to provide rotavirus vaccines to four countries in West Africa. Though rarely life-threatening in rich nations, the World Health Organization says the diarrhea-causing virus kills some 200,000 children each year, and Merck ending its deliveries by 2020 could leave around 3 million children unvaccinated. Instead, the company will reportedly supply the vaccines to China — likely at a higher price — though it said it was just fulfilling a contract signed in 2012.

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