We can debate the morality of the use of vaccines all day, but something that's been widely ignored is the morality of the creation of vaccines. In the U.S., for example, the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur manufactures most of the vaccines distributed in the United States, receives a large portion of the $1.61 billion dollars generated in revenue in the U.S. alone -- part of a $4 billion dollar market worldwide.
Is it moral for us to allow for-profit organizations to create vaccines which governments distribute to large quantities of the population? If a cure for the flu were developed, why would there be any motive whatsoever for a company like Sanofi Pasteur to release it? Wouldn't it be better for them to continue profiting off the potential illnesses of the world?